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How does science create knowledge? Epistemic cultures, shaped by affinity, necessity, and historical coincidence, determine how we know what we know. In this book, Karin Knorr Cetina compares two of the most important and intriguing epistemic cultures of our day, those in high energy physics and molecular biology. Her work 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 a unified science.

By many accounts, contemporary Western societies are becoming "knowledge societies"--which run on expert processes and expert systems epitomized by science and structured into all areas of social life. By looking at epistemic cultures in two sample cases, this book addresses pressing 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.

The first ethnographic study to systematically compare two different scientific laboratory cultures, this book sharpens our focus on epistemic cultures as the basis of the knowledge society.

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In a challenge to the standard view of a unified science, Knorr Cetina (sociology, science and technology studies, U. of Bielefeld, Germany) contrasts the epistemic cultures in which high energy physics and molecular biology generate knowledge. The author has a Q&A dialogue with readers in the final chapter.
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How does science create knowledge? Epistemic cultures, shaped by affinity, necessity, and historical coincidence, determine how we know what we know. In this book, Karin Knorr Cetina compares two of the most important and intriguing epistemic cultures of our day, those in high energy physics and molecular biology. The first ethnographic study to systematically compare two different scientific laboratory cultures, this book sharpens our focus on epistemic cultures as the basis of the knowledge society.

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2001 Ludwik Fleck Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science

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2001 Robert K. Merton Book Award, Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association

About the Author

Karin Knorr Cetina is Professor of Sociology and Science and Technology Studies, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Table of Contents

A Note on Transcription

1. Introduction

1.1. The Disunity of the Sciences

1.2. The Cultures of Knowledge Societies

1.3. Culture and Practice

1.4. The Structure of the Book

1.5. Physics Theory, and a First Look at the Field

1.6. Issues of Methodology, and More about the Field

2. What is a Laboratory?

2.1. Laboratories as Reconfigurations of Natural and Social Orders

2.2. From Laboratory to Experiment

2.3. Some Features of the Laboratory Reconsidered

3. Particle Physics and Negative Knowledge

3.1. The Analogy of the Closed Universe

3.2. A World of Signs and Secondary Appearances

3.3. The"Meaninglessness" of Measurement

3.4. The Structure of the Care of the Self

3.5. Negative Knowledge and the Liminal Approach

3.6. Moving in a Closed Universe: Unfolding, Framing, and Convoluting

4. Molecular Biology and Blind Variation

4.1. An Object-Oriented Epistemics

4.2. The Small-Science Style of Molecular Biology and the Genome Project

4.3. The Laboratory as a Two-Tier Structure

4.4."Blind" Variation and Natural Selection

4.5. The Experiential Register

4.6. Blind Variation Reconsidered

5. From Machines to Organisms: Detectors as Behavioral and Social Beings

5.1. Primitive Classifications

5.2. Detector Agency and Physiology

5.3. Detectors as Moral and Social Individuals

5.4. Live Organism or Machine?

5.5. Are There Enemies?

5.6. Physicists as Symbionts

5.7. Taxonomies of Trust

5.8. Primitive Classifications Reconsidered

6. From Organisms to Machines: Laboratories as Factories of Transgenics

6.1. A Science of Life without Nature?

6.2. Organisms as Production Sites

6.3. Cellular Machines

6.4. Industrial Production versus Natural (Re)production

6.5. Biological Machines Reconsidered

7. HEP Experiments as Post-Traditional Communitarian Structures

7.1.. Large Collaborations: A Brief History

7.2. The Erasure of the Individual as an Epistemic Subject

7.3. Management by Content

7.4. The Intersection of Management by Content and Communitarianism

7.5. Communitarian Time: Genealogical, Scheduled

8. The Multiple Ordering Frameworks of HEP Collaborations

8.1. The Birth Drama of an Experiment

8.2. Delaying the Choice, or Contests of Unfolding

8.3. Confidence Pathways and Gossip Circles

8.4. Other Ordering Frameworks

8.5. Reconfiguration Reconsidered

9. The Dual Organization of Molecular Biology Laboratories

9.1. Laboratories Structured as Individuated Units

9.2. Becoming a Laboratory Leader

9.3. The Two Levels of the Laboratory

9.4. The"Impossibility" of Cooperation in Molecular Biology

10. Toward an Understanding of Knowledge Societies: A Dialogue

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674258945
Author:
Cetina, Karin Knorr
Author:
Knorr-Cetina, K.
Author:
Knorr Cetina, Karin
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Knowledge, theory of
Subject:
Scientists -- Interviews.
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 11 line illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

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"Synopsis" by , How does science create knowledge? Epistemic cultures, shaped by affinity, necessity, and historical coincidence, determine how we know what we know. In this book, Karin Knorr Cetina compares two of the most important and intriguing epistemic cultures of our day, those in high energy physics and molecular biology. The first ethnographic study to systematically compare two different scientific laboratory cultures, this book sharpens our focus on epistemic cultures as the basis of the knowledge society.
"Synopsis" by , 2001 Ludwik Fleck Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science
"Synopsis" by , 2001 Robert K. Merton Book Award, Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association
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