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Scientific Practice and Ordinary Action

Scientific Practice and Ordinary Action
Ethnomethodology and Social Studies of Science

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  • Date Published: November 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521597425

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  • Philosophers, historians, and sociologists of science have grown interested in the daily practices of scientists. Recent studies have drawn linkages between scientific innovations and more ordinary procedures, craft skills, and sources of sponsorship. These studies dispute the idea that science is the application of a unified method or the outgrowth of a progressive history of ideas. This book critically reviews arguments and empirical studies in two areas of sociology that have played a significant role in the 'sociological turn' in science studies: ethnomethodology (the study of ordinary practical reasoning) and the sociology of scientific knowledge. In both fields, efforts to study scientific practices have led to intractable difficulties and debates, due in part to scientistic and foundationalist commitments that remain entrenched with social-scientific research policies and descriptive language. The central purpose of this book is to explore the possibility of an empirical approach to the epistemic contents of science that avoids the pitfalls of scientism and foundationalism.

    • Controversial book, author disputes the idea that science is the application of a unified method or the outgrowth of a progressive history of ideas
    • Well reviewed when first published in hardback
    • Highly respected and well known author
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    • Date Published: November 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521597425
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Ethnomethodology
    2. The demise of the 'old' sociology of science
    3. The rise of the new sociology of scientific knowledge
    4. Phenomenology and protoethnomethodology
    5. Wittgenstein, rules, and epistemology's topic
    6. Molecular sociology
    7. From quiddity to haecceity: ethnomethodological studies of work
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Michael Lynch, Brunel University

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