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The Enthusiast’s Eye: The Value of Unsanctioned Knowledge in Design Historical Scholarship

Hazell, Paul and Fallan, K. (2015) The Enthusiast’s Eye: The Value of Unsanctioned Knowledge in Design Historical Scholarship. Design and Culture, 7 (1). pp. 107-123. ISSN 1754-7075 Online: 1754-7083

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Abstract

If design history research relies solely on institutionalized documentation and academic scholarship – that is, sanctioned knowledge – not only will its purview be limited to a very narrow segment of design culture, it will also lose out on a vast array of sources to valuable knowledge about our material environment produced by amateurs, collectors, and enthusiasts – what we in this article define as “unsanctioned knowledge.” Because of its dissociation with professional institutions and academic protocols and their – albeit admittedly utopian, but nonetheless upheld – ideals of objectivity, this type of knowledge is typically considered fundamentally subjective in nature and therefore of little or no relevance and value to academic scholarship. In this article, we argue that, to the contrary, design historical scholarship has much to gain from engaging more seriously with the unsanctioned knowledge represented by the enthusiast's eye.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Design and Culture on 1st March 2015, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/175470715X14153615623763

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Uncontrolled Keywords: enthusiasts, amateurs, collecting, knowledge, historiography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Paul Hazell
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 09:26
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 09:26
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6734

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