The sociology of knowledge carries out a radical sociologization of knowledge: that socialization takes place in the medium of knowledge and that all knowledge is location-bound, authors such as Scheler and Mannheim introduced at the end of the 1920s. Since then, questions about the production of knowledge, the conditions and forms of its reception as well as the resulting dynamics of knowledge in society have been investigated in a variety of ways.
Important further developments can be found among others in the social phenomenology of the lifeworld, in (post-) structuralist discourse analysis and system-theoretical semantic analysis. As the revised edition of the introductory volume shows, knowledge has become a key concept in the course of the debate about the “knowledge society”.
Today it is increasingly characterized operationally: as a persistent willingness to learn, sensitizing for ignorance, dependent on management and comprehensively informed. The increased academic and social interest in knowledge is also currently promoting the development of multidisciplinary “knowledge research”. The price of this success: Knowledge is (and will probably remain) a multidimensional category.