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The Reflexive Thesis: Wrighting Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
     

The Reflexive Thesis: Wrighting Sociology of Scientific Knowledge

by Malcolm Ashmore, Steve Woolgar (Foreword by)
 

This unusually innovative book treats reflexivity, not as a philosophical conundrum, but as a practical issue that arises in the course of scholarly research and argument. In order to demonstrate the concrete and consequential nature of reflexivity, Malcolm Ashmore concentrates on an area in which reflexive "problems" are acute: the sociology of scientific

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This unusually innovative book treats reflexivity, not as a philosophical conundrum, but as a practical issue that arises in the course of scholarly research and argument. In order to demonstrate the concrete and consequential nature of reflexivity, Malcolm Ashmore concentrates on an area in which reflexive "problems" are acute: the sociology of scientific knowledge. At the forefront of recent radical changes in our understanding of science, this increasingly influential mode of analysis specializes in rigorous deconstructions of the research practices and textual products of the scientific enterprise. Through a series of detailed examinations of the practices and products of the sociology of scientific knowledge, Ashmore turns its own claims and findings back onto itself and opens up a whole new era of exploration beyond the common fear of reflexive self-destruction.

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Booknews
Rees (political science, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) presents an account of a successful program that is now a model for nationwide improvements in various regulatory agencies. Ashmore (sociology, Manchester Polytechnic) asserts the productive value of self-referential elements in scholarly works, drawing examples from history of science, ethnomethodology, logic, mathematics, literary theory, and others. He emphasizes the reflexive quality of this work by dialogues and fictions embedded in the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226029689
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Ashmore is a lecturer in sociology at Manchester Polytechnic.

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