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Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited$
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Catelijne Coopman, Janet Vertesi, Michaeland Lynch, and Steve Woolgar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262525381

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262525381.001.0001

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Introduction: Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

Introduction: Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited
Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited

Catelijne Coopmans

Janet Vertesi

Michael Lynch

Steve Woolgar

The MIT Press

This introductory chapter sets out the theme of representation in scientific practice, and addresses why it remains such a vibrant topic for research in and beyond science and technology studies. The chapter draws particular attention to shifts in the content, context and concepts of inquiry that have occurred since the first volume to bear the name Representation in Scientific Practice, which was edited by Lynch and Woolgar and published by MIT Press in 1990. Like the earlier volume, this new collection of studies includes ethnographic, historical and discourse-analytic approaches to scientific knowledge-making. It revisits representation in scientific practice not only by focusing on novel technologies, sciences, and institutional arrangements that have emerged in recent decades, but also by respecifying recurrent themes in light of novel conceptual and institutional loci for interrogating those themes.

Keywords:   Representation, Scientific practice, Continuity and change

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