Towards a ‘democratic knowledge’ turn? Knowledge production in the age of the Arab Spring
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This contribution (and the special issue as a whole) marks a modest attempt to initiate an investigation into what is called here ‘democratic knowledge’. This is done with special reference to the Arab Maghrib (in this instance Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt). This focus is deliberate. In the wake of the Arab Spring it is apposite to shed light on the potentiality of a ‘democratic turn’. Perhaps no other phenomenon equals the emerging ‘laboratory’ of ideas in terms of impact-making on the ‘political’, specifically. Indeed, the Arab Spring has highlighted the importance of ideas and values. They are set to shake Maghrebi polities and societies out of their furled state of stupor resulting from close to five decades of postcolonial (mis)rule. The article opens up with a critical discussion of knowledge and knowledge production, accounting for diverse understandings and their intellectual genealogy. It then turns to the question of decolonising democratic knowledge practices, highlighting challenges facing transitology as well as knowledge production in newly democratising settings.
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