Social Knowledge in the Making by Charles CamicSocial Knowledge in the Making by Charles Camic

Social Knowledge in the Making

EditorCharles Camic

Paperback | October 15, 2011

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Over the past quarter century, researchers have successfully explored the inner workings of the physical and biological sciences using a variety of social and historical lenses. Inspired by these advances, the contributors to Social Knowledge in the Making turn their attention to the social sciences, broadly construed. The result is the first comprehensive effort to study and understand the day-to-day activities involved in the creation of social-scientific and related forms of knowledge about the social world.
The essays collected here tackle a range of previously unexplored questions about the practices involved in the production, assessment, and use of diverse forms of social knowledge. A stellar cast of multidisciplinary scholars addresses topics such as the changing practices of historical research, anthropological data collection, library usage, peer review, and institutional review boards. Turning to the world beyond the academy, other essays focus on global banks, survey research organizations, and national security and economic policy makers. Social Knowledge in the Making is a landmark volume for a new field of inquiry, and the bold new research agenda it proposes will be welcomed in the social science, the humanities, and a broad range of nonacademic settings.
Charles Camic is the John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author or editor of several volumes, including, most recently, Essential Writings of Thorstein Veblen. Neil Gross is associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia and the author of Richard Rorty: The Making of an American ...
Title:Social Knowledge in the MakingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Study of Social Knowledge Making
Charles Camic, Neil Gross, and Michèle Lamont

Part I
Knowledge Production in the Disciplines

One / Library Research Infrastructure for Humanistic and Social Scientific Scholarship in the Twentieth Century
Andrew Abbott

Two / In Clio’s American Atelier
Anthony T. Grafton

Three / Filing the Total Human: Anthropological Archives from 1928 to 1963
Rebecca Lemov

Four / Academic Conferences and the Making of Philosophical Knowledge
Neil Gross and Crystal Fleming

Five / Practical Foundations of Theorizing in Sociology: The Case of Pierre Bourdieu
Johan Heilbron

Part II
Knowledge Evaluation Sites

Six / Comparing Customary Rules of Fairness: Evaluative Practices in Various Types of Peer Review Panels
Michèle Lamont and Katri Huutoniemi

Seven / Meetings by the Minute(s): How Documents Create Decisions for Institutional Review Boards
Laura Stark

Eight / An Experiment in Interdisciplinarity: Proposals and Promises
Marilyn Strathern

Part III
Social Knowledge beyond the Academy

Nine / Subjects of Persuasion: Survey Research as a Solicitous Science; or, The Public Relations of the Polls
Sarah E. Igo

Ten / The Practices of Objectivity in Regulatory Science
Sheila Jasanoff

Eleven / How Claims to Know the Future Are Used to Understand the Present: Techniques of
Prospection in the Field of National Security
Grégoire Mallard and Andrew Lakoff

Twelve / What Do Market Designers Do When They Design Markets? Economists as Consultants to the Redesign of Wholesale Electricity Markets in the United States
Daniel Breslau

Thirteen / Financial Analysis: Epistemic Profile of an Evaluative Science
Karin Knorr Cetina