The Local Configuration of New Research Fields

The Local Configuration of New Research Fields

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This new Yearbook addresses the question of how policy, place, and organization are made to matter for a new research field to emerge. Bringing together leading historians, sociologists, and organizational researchers on science and technology, the volume answers this question by offering in-depth case studies and comparative perspectives on multiple research fields in their nascent stage, including molecular biology and materials science, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology. The Yearbook brings to bear the lessons of constructivist ethnography and the a€œpractice turna€ in Science and Technology Studies (STS) more broadly on the qualitative, comparative, and critical inquiry of new research fields. In doing so, it offers unprecedented insights into the complex interplay of national research policies, regional clusters, particular research institutions, and novel research practices in and for any emerging field of (techno-)science. It systematically investigates national and regional differences, including the variable mobilization of such differences, and probes them for organizational topicality and policy relevance.Pharmaceutical prospects: Biopharming and the geography of technological expectations. Social Studies ... Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 8a€“11 Aug 2009. ... Accessed 7 June 2013.

Title:The Local Configuration of New Research Fields
Author:Martina Merz, Philippe Sormani
Publisher:Springer - 2015-11-28


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