The articles in this special issue owe their existence to the authors' participation in the research project CORASON (‘A cognitive approach to rural sustainable development’), a 30‐month (2004–2007) cross‐national project which was funded by the EU under its Framework Programme 6. CORASON set out to explore the dynamic relations between the different forms of knowledge revealed in development and sustainable development projects in rural settings, with the broader aim of understanding something of the diverse ways in which contemporary European rural society is being drawn into a ‘knowledge society’. In recent decades a ‘cognitive turn’ has become increasingly evident in both public policy and in sociological theorising and research. In sociology a new interest in forms, relations and processes of knowledge can be identified in a number of different fields of study, from social movements ( Eyerman and Jamison 1991 ) to ethnic identity ( Brubaker 2004 ). A range of theorists from Beck (1992 ) to Nowotny (2001 ) have placed at the heart of their analyses of social change struggles over and transformations in the meaning of ‘truth’, ‘certainty’ and ‘legitimate knowledge’, and over the same period a new research field has opened up in the
Sociologia Ruralis – Wiley
Published: Jul 1, 2008
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