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Interactional expertise as a third kind of knowledge

Collins, Harold Maurice ORCID: 2004. Interactional expertise as a third kind of knowledge. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 3 (2) , pp. 125-143. 10.1023/B:PHEN.0000040824.89221.1a

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Between formal propositional knowledge and embodied skill lies ‘interactional expertise’—the ability to converse expertly about a practical skill or expertise, but without being able to practice it, learned through linguistic socialisation among the practitioners. Interactional expertise is exhibited by sociologists of scientific knowledge, by scientists themselves and by a large range of other actors. Attention is drawn to the distinction between the social and the individual embodiment theses: a language does depend on the form of the bodies of its members but an individual within that community can learn the language without the body. The idea has significance for our understanding of colour-blindness, deafness and other abilities and disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hubert Dreyfus; individual embodiment; interactional expertise; minimal body; Oliver Sacks; participatory expertise; social embodiment
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
ISSN: 1568-7759
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 10:54

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