Mobilizing Knowledge Through Partnerships

Brenda L. Spencer, Alison Taylor


In this paper we employ Foucault's (1991) ideas about governmentality to examine recent Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) policies that promote research partnerships. In a analysis of documents we identify certain policy problems from which partnership rationalities emerge. We then draw on current literature on educational and research partnerships and on the experiences of one large SSHRC project to look closely at the policy technologies introduced in these new arrangements for research and to reveal some of the effects of this reform. We suggest that the concept of partnership, when applied through its various technologies and processes, is a complicated and contentious form of knowledge production that warrants continued examination and discussion.

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