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Article: Knowledge is a dangerous thing: Authority relations, ideological conservatism, and creativity in confucian-heritage cultures

TitleKnowledge is a dangerous thing: Authority relations, ideological conservatism, and creativity in confucian-heritage cultures
Authors
KeywordsAuthority Relations
Confucianism
Creativity
Ideological Conservatism
Knowledge
Methodological Relationalism
Issue Date2008
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/JTSB
Citation
Journal For The Theory Of Social Behaviour, 2008, v. 38 n. 1, p. 67-86 How to Cite?
AbstractThroughout history, the generation, exercise, and dissemination of knowledge are fraught with dangers, the root causes of which are traceable to the definition of authority relations. The authors compare Greek myths and Chinese legends, setting the stage for a metarelational analysis of authority relations between teacher and students and between scholar-teachers and political rulers in Confucian-heritage cultures. These two relations are rooted in ideological conservatism. They are related in a higher-order relation or metarelation: Political control and the definition of the teacher-student relationship reinforce each other in consolidating authoritarian values. Thus, ideological conservatism shapes educational philosophy and socialization. It conflicts with present demands for creativity in the service of knowledge-based economies. Hence, a major issue in cultural change to be addressed concerns the dilemma between maintaining authoritarian control and enhancing creativity. © The Executive Management Committee/Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2008.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172184
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.978
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.535
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dc.description.abstractThroughout history, the generation, exercise, and dissemination of knowledge are fraught with dangers, the root causes of which are traceable to the definition of authority relations. The authors compare Greek myths and Chinese legends, setting the stage for a metarelational analysis of authority relations between teacher and students and between scholar-teachers and political rulers in Confucian-heritage cultures. These two relations are rooted in ideological conservatism. They are related in a higher-order relation or metarelation: Political control and the definition of the teacher-student relationship reinforce each other in consolidating authoritarian values. Thus, ideological conservatism shapes educational philosophy and socialization. It conflicts with present demands for creativity in the service of knowledge-based economies. Hence, a major issue in cultural change to be addressed concerns the dilemma between maintaining authoritarian control and enhancing creativity. © The Executive Management Committee/Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2008.en_US
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dc.subjectAuthority Relationsen_US
dc.subjectConfucianismen_US
dc.subjectCreativityen_US
dc.subjectIdeological Conservatismen_US
dc.subjectKnowledgeen_US
dc.subjectMethodological Relationalismen_US
dc.titleKnowledge is a dangerous thing: Authority relations, ideological conservatism, and creativity in confucian-heritage culturesen_US
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