'The definitive book for our times on what makes strategic ignorance
so 'strategic' in the hands of the powerful. If the
truth can set us free, then it is only once we have taken back ignorance.'
Steve Fuller, author
of Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game
'This is McGoey at her absolute best. And what a
tour de force The Unknowers is. Each chapter weaves its way
backward and forward between events and evidence, past and future
making, to offer original insights into how strategic ignorance and
deliberate uncertainty keep those at the top in power.'
Susan L. Robertson, University of
Unknowers is a
landmark study of the myriad ways in which ignorance infuses our social,
political and economic lives. Linsey McGoey deftly weaves social thought and
empirical analysis to rethink how the power to draw the boundaries between
knowledge and ignorance can radically transform society and democracy.'
Claudia Aradau, King’s College London
'In this timely book, McGoey tells us how deliberate and willful ignorance are used in politics, law, media, health and especially economics, to get and keep power. And she tells us what we might do about it.'
Lynne Pettinger, University of Warwick
an era where truth-telling, leadership and authority have an increasingly
feeble relationship. Linsey McGoey picks apart how strategic ignorance is a dastardly ploy that enables society’s
elites to avoid responsibility for their rampant pursuit of
self-interest. Essential if we are to
resist what is one of the most dangerous tendencies of the new normal in global
Carl Rhodes, co-author of CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life