Social Knowledge in the Making

Social Knowledge in the Making

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Edited by Charles Camic, Edited by Neil Gross, Edited by Michele Lamont

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 32mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226092089
  • ISBN 13: 9780226092089
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 4 line drawings, 6 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,524,434

Product description

Over the past quarter century, researchers have successfully explored the inner workings of the physical and biological sciences using a variety of social and historical lenses. Inspired by these advances, the contributors to "Social Knowledge in the Making" turn their attention to the social sciences, broadly construed. The result is the first comprehensive effort to study and understand the day-to-day activities involved in the creation of social-scientific and related forms of knowledge about the social world. The essays collected here tackle a range of previously unexplored questions about the practices involved in the production, assessment, and use of diverse forms of social knowledge. A stellar cast of multidisciplinary scholars addresses topics such as the changing practices of historical research, anthropological data collection, library usage, peer review, and institutional review boards. Turning to the world beyond the academy, other essays focus on global banks, survey research organizations, and national security and economic policy makers. "Social Knowledge in the Making" is a landmark volume for a new field of inquiry, and the bold new research agenda it proposes will be welcomed in the social sciences, the humanities, and a broad range of non-academic settings.

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Author information

Charles Camic is the John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author or editor of several volumes, including, most recently, Essential Writings of Thorstein Veblen. Neil Gross is associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia and the author of Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher. Michele Lamont is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, professor of sociology, and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Her most recent book is How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment.

Review quote

"Social scientists and humanists have been surprisingly inattentive to the institutional infrastructure and culture of shared practices on which our work rests. "Social Knowledge in the Making" changes this with a set of sharp and well-informed analyses."--Craig Calhoun, president, Social Science Research Council