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Knowledge in policyEmbodied, inscribed, enacted$
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Richard Freeman and Steve Sturdy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309987

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309987.001.0001

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‘We know who to talk to’

‘We know who to talk to’

embodied knowledge in England's Department of Health

(p.79) FIVE ‘We know who to talk to’
Knowledge in policy

Jo Maybin

Policy Press

This chapter illuminates the specific significance and character of embodied knowledge in policy-making, through a case-study of civil servants in England's Department of Health. It describes the importance of embodied knowledge to the ways in which civil servants constructed understandings of the objects of national health policy. It sets out how the civil servants identified to whom they should turn for ideas and information, providing an analysis of the in-practice principles guiding whose knowledge was permitted to contribute to policy formulation. The chapter explores the distinctive properties of embodied knowledge, offering an account of why this form of knowledge was so appealing to the participants of the study. It concludes by returning to the book's organising framework to emphasise the importance of inter-enactment in determining the significance and meaning of embodied knowledge in policy-making.

Keywords:   knowledge, policy, practice, embodied, Department of Health, civil service

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