The Social Process of Scientific Investigation

  • Karin D. Knorr
  • Roger Krohn
  • Richard Whitley

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences A Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Discovery Accounts

  3. Dicovery Acceptance

  4. The Research Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Jan Bärmark, Göran Wallén
      Pages 221-235
  5. Writing Public Accounts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
  6. The Context of Scientific Investigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Richard Whitley
      Pages 297-321
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-328

About this book


practice, some of which is translated into the standard forms of public discourse, in publication, and then retranslated by readers and adapted again to local practice at self-selected other sites. Less may be left implicit, and additional personal and contextual information is carried, by the "informal" methods of communication which mediate local projects and international publication. But both methods of communication are screens as well as conduits of information. History and Background of the Volume When the planning of this volume began in the spring of 1977, it seemed a natural part of the mandate for the Yearbook. There had also been a number of more specific calls for deeper studies of research in social and historical context (3). These calls can be seen as giving permission and legitimacy to ask questions otherwise seen as irrelevant, or even disrespectful, and as attempts to develop new perspectives from which to ask and to answer them. The implied and expressed irreverence toward traditions and institutions of great respect may have prolonged this process of initial apologetics. In any case, in May 1977 the theme of 'The Social Process of Scientific Investigation' was proposed to the Editorial Board for Volume IV as "the heart of the subject. " That is, the ethnographic and detailed historical study of actual scientific activity and thinking at or close to the work site.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Karin D. Knorr
    • 1
  • Roger Krohn
    • 2
  • Richard Whitley
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaUSA
  2. 2.McGill UniversityCanada
  3. 3.Manchester Business SchoolUniversity of ManchesterEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1175-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9109-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0167-2320
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