Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781780326351 Will Publish February 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780326368 Will Publish February 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Unknowers

How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World

Linsey McGoey

The Unknowers

Linsey McGoey

Distributed for Zed Books

240 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781780326351 Will Publish February 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780326368 Will Publish February 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Why have so few companies or people been held responsible for the catastrophic effects of the global financial crisis? Why are there repeated controversies over the safety of some of the world's bestselling pharmaceuticals?

Unpacking a range of high profile examples—from the 2016 US presidential elections to the scandals surrounding News International—Linsey McGoey reveals how ignorance is more than just an absence of knowledge, but a useful tool in political and economic life. She explores how financial and political elites have become highly adept at harnessing ignorance for their own ends: strategically minimizing their responsibility and passing blame onto others. And how, in a “post-truth” era in which the average citizen is derided for knowing too little, it is the rich and powerful who benefit from ignorance most.

Exploring the influence of the “known unknowns,”  shines a light on how elite ignorance is transforming all of our daily lives.
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