Opening Pandora's Box: A sociological analysis of scientists' discourse
by Nigel Gilbert and Michael Mulkay
This book proposes a new approach to sociological analyis and, in particular, to the analyiss of scientific culture. It moves away from previous studies which have tended to focus on scientist' actions and belifs, to show that analysis of scientific discourse can be productive and revealing.
The book was orginally published by Cambridge University Press in 1984 (ISBN 0 521 27430 3), but went out of print, with the copyright reverting to the authors, in 2003. It is freely available here for download or viewing, either as HTML web pages, or as PDF.
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Acknowledgements Preface 1 Scientists' discourse as a topic 2 A possible history of the field 3 Contexts of scientific discourse 4 Accounting for error 5 The truth will out 6 Constructing and deconstructing consensus 7 Working conceptual hallucinations 8 Joking apart 9 Pandora's bequest Notes Index
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University of Surrey
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