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Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization$
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Ash Amin and Joanne Roberts

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545490.001.0001

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‘The Art of Knowing’: Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice

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(p.69) 3 ‘The Art of Knowing’: Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice
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Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization
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Paul Duguid

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545490.003.0004

This chapter challenges recent attempts to reduce knowledge to information and to dismiss tacit knowledge as nothing more than uncodified explicit knowledge. Polanyi's notion of a tacit dimension affected numerous disciplines, because it addressed aspects of learning and identity that individual, cognitive accounts failed to account for. In situating knowledge, identity, and learning within communities, the chapter points to the ethical and epistemic entailments of communities of practice and stress the difference, rather than the commonalities, between this and other apparently congenial forms of social analysis.

Keywords:   codification, economics, methodological individualism, practice theory, social capital, Polanyi

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