Boundary work 031510 - Boundary-work 1 What makes science...

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What makes science special? Two sets of perspectives Popperian concept of falsifiability Mertonian norms Claim: these demarcations are unique among other knowledge-making practices and account for science’s epistemic authority 2
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Challenges to this Demarcation Collins Problems of replication; interpretive ambiguities in experimental work Mitroff/Kohler/Daston Science has counternorms Moral economies: localized, contingent set of values and rules of conduct Has raised doubts about existing demarcation criteria to distinguish science from non-science 3
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Curious Paradox Question: Why then does science have such epistemic authority? Thomas Gieryn’s answer: Scientists employ discursive/rhetorical strategies to generate and maintain authority of science Need to study boundary-work in scientist discourse 4
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Boundary-work Scientists invoke selected (incomplete, ambiguous, contradictory) characteristics of science (i.e., of its practitioners,
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2010 for the course S&TS 2011 taught by Professor Pinch,t. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Boundary work 031510 - Boundary-work 1 What makes science...

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