How the Sciences Make Knowledge
By (author) Karin Knorr-Cetina
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Epistemic Cultures by Karin Knorr-Cetina
Book DescriptionHow does science create knowledge? Epistemic cultures, shaped by affinity, necessity and historical coincidence, determine how people know and what they know. This text compares two epistemic cultures, those in high energy physics and molecular biology. It highlights the diversity of these cultures of knowing and, in its depiction of their differences - in the meaning of the empirical, the enactment of object relations, and the fashioning of social relations - challenges the accepted view of unified science. Comtemporary Western societies are becoming "knowledge societies", which run on expert processes and systems epitomized by science and structured into all areas of social life. This work addresses questions about how such expert systems and processes work, what principles inform their cognitive and procedural orientations and whether their organization, structures and operations can be extended to other forms of social order.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674258945
(235mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Karin Knorr-Cetina
Karin Knorr Cetina is Professor of Sociology and Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany.
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