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Tinkering with Knowledge: Representational Practices and Scaling in U.S. Think Tanks
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Socialantropologiska institutionen.
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Knowledge and Power in an Overheated World / [ed] Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Elisabeth Schober, Oslo: Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo , 2017, s. 98-125Konferansepaper, Publicerat paper (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Think tanks, or policy institutes, are becoming significant ‘sites of normativity’ on the global political scene. While their primary concern often is to provide knowledge,based on which decision makers can make informed choices, they also play a part in setting organizational agendas and priorities, and in mobilizing for political action. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in think tanks in Washington DC, the paper engages with the modes representation used by policy experts as they strive to get traction and 99establish credibility for their ideas. The work of policy experts can be understood as a form of ‘bricolage,’ in which information and normative perspectives are tinkeredwith and are thus afforded truth-value. The use of distanciation and proximation techniques facilitates the continuous scale-making processes in which policy experts are involved and makes possible the ‘evacuation of the near future’.

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Oslo: Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo , 2017. s. 98-125
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Think tanks, policy expertise, knowledge, bricolage, representation, United States
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138340ISBN: 978-82-7720-200-6 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138340DiVA, id: diva2:1066870
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Knowledge and Power: An Overheating Workshop, Oslo, Norway, 2015
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Swedish Research CouncilMarianne and Marcus Wallenberg FoundationTilgjengelig fra: 2017-01-19 Laget: 2017-01-19 Sist oppdatert: 2022-02-28bibliografisk kontrollert

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