BBC Radio 4; programme: Thinking Allowed; episode: Ignorance

  • Klintman, M. (Interviewee)
  • Linsey McGoey (Interviewee)
  • Jayne Egerton (Role not specified)
  • Laurie Taylor (Host)

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Strategic ignorance and knowledge resistance: Laurie Taylor talks to Mikael Klintman, Professor of Sociology at the University of Lund, Sweden about our capacity for resisting insights from others. At all levels of society, he argues, our world is becoming increasingly dominated by an inability, even refusal, to engage with others' ideas. It does not bode well either for democracy or for science. They're joined by Linsey McGoey, Professor of Sociology at the University at Essex, whose new study explores the use of deliberate and wilful ignorance by elites in pursuit of the retention of power - from News International's hacking scandal to the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Producer: Jayne Egerton
Period2020 Jul 15
Held atBBC Radio 4, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational

UKÄ subject classification

  • Sociology

Free keywords

  • Ignorance
  • Knowledge resistance
  • fact resistance
  • Covid 19
  • Climate Change