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Laboratory Studies: The Cultural Approach to the Study of Science

Laboratory studies: The cultural approach to the study of science
Karin Knorr Cetina

The Origin of Laboratory Studies

This chapter is about a perspective in recent science and technology studies (STS) that has come to be called “laboratory studies”—the study of science and technology through direct observation and discourse analysis at the root where knowledge is produced, in modern science typically the scientific laboratory. Laboratory studies became feasible in STS when, in the 1970s, the field became more possessive of its subject and more inclusionary—when analysts began to readdress1 not only the surrounding institutional circumstances of scientific work but the “hard core” itself: its technical content and the production of knowledge. Touching the hard core, however, required a ...

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