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Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

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What don't we know, and why don't we know it? What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? Agnotology—the study of ignorance—provides a new theoretical perspective to broaden traditional questions about "how we know" to ask: Why don't we know what we don't know? The essays assembled in Agnotology show that ignorance is often more than just ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 12th 2008 by Stanford University Press
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Jane
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
My bookclub chose this for our last month's discussion. Although it was a very difficult book to read (more of a text book than anything else) it lead to an excellent discussion. The book studies "ignorance": the quantity of what isn't known, the skill of creating ignorance for personal gain, the art and use of ignorance by corporations and the how people have been kept intentionally ignorant as a means of control. A simple nugget of wisdom gleaned from the book was that I need to be careful of ...more
Catherine
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought there were some great essays here, as well as some not great ones.

I thought the strongest were: "West Indian abortifacients and the making of ignorance", "Social Theories of Ignorance", "White Ignorance", and "Smoking out objectivity: Journalistic gears in the agnotology machine".

The two essays I thought were terrible (because they were unreadable and said nothing) were "Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistomology of Ignorance", and "Mapping Ignorance in Archeology: The advanta
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Lesley
A really good collection of articles about the construction of unknowledge and the framing of issues to ignore relevant knowledge - deliberately or through habit of mind and beliefs about who/what was important. Strongly recommended.
Jenny
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Academic. Not very readable. I read the intro and the beginning and end of every essay. Way too much on the tobacco industry - too repetitive.
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American historian of science and Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University.While a professor of the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, he became the first historian to testify against the tobacco industry.
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