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    DescriptionPhilosophers, 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.


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    Title
    Scientific Practice and Ordinary Action
    Subtitle
    Ethnomethodology and Social Studies of Science
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Lynch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 520 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521597425
    ISBN 10: 0521597420
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JHM, PDA
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-SO
    LC classification: HM
    Abridged Dewey: 301
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 306.45
    DC21: 306.45
    B&T Approval Code: A50160000
    LC classification: Q175.5.L9 1997
    Thema V1.0: JHM, PDA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    5 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    14 October 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    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.