Knowledge as a Public Good: Reconceiving the Purpose and Methods of Knowledge Production

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Table of Contents

"Introduction: Taking Stock, Setting the Agenda" by Dina El Khawaga, Andrew Findell-Aghnatios, Sarah Anne Rennick

Theorizing the Limits of Knowledge as a Public Good

  • "Sites and Channels of Public Policy Knowledge in the Arab Region: The Forest, the Trees, and the Poison Ivy" by Dina El Khawaga

Meso-scale Initiatives to Emancipatory Knowledge

  • "Expanding Access to Humanities in Egypt: Alternative Pathways to Knowledge" by Mai Amer
  • "Moving Knowledge to and from the Margins" by Dina Wahba
  • "Speaking the Tahrir Truth to Apparatuses of Knowledge: Subalternity, the January revolution’s event, and the battle over Knowledge" by Mario Mikhail

International Actors in Local Policymaking: Mechanisms, Modalities, and Obstacles

  • "The Challenges of Knowledge Sharing: How Impact-Oriented Communications Can Lead to Transformative Policymaking" by Ola Sidani
  • "Knowledge Production through Evaluations of Development Programs in Jordan: Challenges of Realizing Local Relevance and Value" by Dima M. Toukan

Reclaiming Knowledge as a Non-Commodified Public Good

  • "Utopias and Limits of Alternative and Open (Social) Science in Lebanon: The Experience of the Centre For Social Sciences Research and Action" by Marie-Noëlle Abiyaghi and Léa Yammine
  • "Social Sciences, the Humanities, and the Causes of Human Rights, Democracy, and Social Justice: A Case Study of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights" by Alaa Talibi
  • "How The Public Becomes the Client: Transitions for Architecture and Planning in Egypt after 2011 and the Case of 10 Tooba" by Yahia Shawkat and Ahmed Zaazaa

The views represented in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arab Reform Initiative, its staff, or its board.