Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook

The Local Configuration of New Research Fields

On Regional and National Diversity

Editors: Merz, Martina, Sormani, Philippe (Eds.)

  • ​Presents authoritative studies on the local configuration of new research fields
  • Offers a comparative perspective with a focus on different regions, nations, and research fields
  • Takes a multi-level approach to research culture, practice, organization, and policy
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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 “practice turn” 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.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Configuring New Research Fields: How Policy, Place, and Organization Are Made to Matter

    Merz, Martina (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The Impact of Generic Governance on the Emergence of Research Fields

    Gläser, Jochen (et al.)

    Pages 25-43

  • Building Multidisciplinary Research Fields: The Cases of Materials Science, Nanotechnology and Synthetic Biology

    Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette

    Pages 45-60

  • Placing a New Science: Exploring Spatial and Temporal Configurations of Synthetic Biology

    Meyer, Morgan (et al.)

    Pages 61-77

  • The Local Configuration of a Science and Innovation Policy: A City in the Nanoworld

    Vinck, Dominique

    Pages 81-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Local Configuration of New Research Fields
Book Subtitle
On Regional and National Diversity
Editors
  • Martina Merz
  • Philippe Sormani
Series Title
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22683-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-22683-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-22682-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36442-1
Series ISSN
0167-2320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 247
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