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Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook

The Social Direction of the Public Sciences

Causes and Consequences of Co-operation between Scientists and Non-scientific Groups

Editors: Blume, S., Bunders, J., Leydesdorff, L., Whitley, R.P. (Eds.)

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This volume of the Sociology of the Sciences Yearbooks stems from our experience that collaborations between non-scientists and scientists, often initiated by scientists seeking greater social relevance for science, can be of major importance for cognitive development. It seemed to us that it would be useful to explore the conditions under which such collaborations affect scientific change and the nature of the processes involved. This book therefore focuses on a number of instances in which scientists and non-scientists were jointly involved in the genera­ tion of scientific results at the "interface" of science and society. Despite the considerable variety of cases reported here, a number of questions are central. Under what conditions do such cooperative processes occur? What perceptions of social relevance and what sorts of col­ laborations with non-scientific groups are involved? How is this collaboration achieved, and through what forums? How can insights into its conditions and mechanisms stabilize such cooperations over a longer period of time? If they are stabilized, do they really affect science, or do they mainly function to shield the rest of the science system against external influences? These questions are pertinent both to intellectual problems in the sociology of science and to the practical concerns of modern science policies. The significance of relations between knowledge producers and knowledge consumers and interest in how these relations affect science and society have changed considerably in recent decades.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • The Theoretical Significance of Co-operative Research

    Pages 3-38

    Blume, Stuart S.

  • The Practical Management of Scientists’ Actions: The Influence of Patterns of Knowledge Development in Biology on Cooperations between University Biologists and Non-Scientists

    Pages 39-72

    Bunders, Joske

  • Cooperation between Medical Researchers and a Self-Help Movement: The Case of the German Retinitis Pigmentosa Society

    Pages 75-88

    Gizycki, Rainald

  • The Knowledge Interests of the Environmental Movement and its Potential for Influencing the Development of Science

    Pages 89-115

    Cramer, Jacqueline (et al.)

  • The Scientist, the Fisherman, and the Oyster Farmer

    Pages 117-133

    Benguigui, Georges

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Social Direction of the Public Sciences
Book Subtitle
Causes and Consequences of Co-operation between Scientists and Non-scientific Groups
Editors
  • Stuart Blume
  • Joske Bunders
  • Loet Leydesdorff
  • Richard P. Whitley
Series Title
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Series Volume
11
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-3755-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-3755-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-2381-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-277-2382-6
Series ISSN
0167-2320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 360
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