In this engaging and original book, John Clarke is in conversation with 12 leading scholars about the dynamics of thinking critically in the social sciences. The conversations range across many fields and explore the problems and possibilities of doing critical intellectual work in ways that are responsive to changing conditions.
By emphasising the many voices in play, in conversation with as well as against others, Clarke challenges the individualising myth of the heroic intellectual. He underlines the value of thinking critically, collaboratively and dialogically.
The book also provides access to a sound archive of the original conversations.
"John Clarke’s career-long talent for enabling reflective critical debate is fully exemplified in these convivial exchanges with accomplished peers. Across the conversations, the complex politics of radicalism, ambivalence and ‘heteroglossia’ is collectively illuminated and advanced." Gregor McLennan, University of Bristol
"Ideas come iteratively: our ways of thinking are formed and developed in conversation with each other. This book shows how that process works, and why it works so well in talking to John Clarke." Richard Freeman, University of Edinburgh
John Clarke, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, The Open University and Recurrent Visiting Professor, Central European University, Budapest. He is a member of the Association for Cultural Studies; the UK Social Policy Association, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for the Anthropology of North America and the Association for the Anthropology of Policy. He is also a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.
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