Reference : Taming the “Publication Machine”: Generating Unity, Engaging the Trading Zones
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
Taming the “Publication Machine”: Generating Unity, Engaging the Trading Zones
[fr] Apprivoiser la "machine à publications": générer de l'unité et s'engager dans des zones d'échanges
Thoreau, François mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de science politique > Gouvernance et société >]
Neicu, Maria mailto [University of Maastricht > Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > > >]
Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
The University of Toronto
Scientific Instruments: Knowledge, Practice, and Culture
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[en] Trading Zone ; Scientific Instruments ; Science & Technology Studies
[en] In this paper, we explore the par ticular issue of a biomedical research team engaging itself in different “trading zones” (Galison 1997). We do so by following the specific process of setting up
a new microscope. We star t by briefly introducing our general understanding of the concept of “trading zone.” Then we focus on the empirical material we collected, star ting from the microscope as the researchers we followed were setting it up. Our analysis is twofold: we first describe the acts we have been witnessing, then contrast them with the surrounding discourses and provide them with a rationale. We argue that the team created a sense of unity among its individual members and how this unity, though precarious, was needed and desired in order to fur ther engage in a trading zone.
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS

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