Scientific Communication and Cognitive Codification: Social Systems Theory and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106429
Title:
Scientific Communication and Cognitive Codification: Social Systems Theory and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
Author:
Leydesdorff, Loet
Citation:
Scientific Communication and Cognitive Codification: Social Systems Theory and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge 2006-07,
Issue Date:
Jul-2006
Description:
European Journal of Social Theory 10(3)(2007; forthcoming)
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106429
Submitted date:
2006-07-20
Abstract:
Forthcoming in 2007 in the European Journal of Social Theory 10 (3). The intellectual organization of the sciences cannot be appreciated sufficiently unless the cognitive dimension is considered as an independent source of variance. Cognitive structures interact and co-construct the organization of scholars and discourses into research programs, specialties, and disciplines. In the sociology of scientific knowledge and the sociology of translation, these heterogeneous sources of variance have been homogenized a priori in the concepts of practices and actor-networks. Practices and actor-networks, however, can be explained in terms of the self-organization of the cognitive code in scientific communication. The code selects knowledge claims by organizing them operationally in the various discourses; the claims can thus be stabilized and potentially globalized. Both the selecting codes and the variation in the knowledge claims remain constructed, but the different sub-dynamics can be expected to operate asymmetrically and to update with other frequencies.
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Keywords:
Sociology; Social Epistemology; Science Technology Studies
Local subject classification:
autopoiesis; codification; communication; scientific knowledge; actor-network

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLeydesdorff, Loeten_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-07-20T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:46:20Z-
dc.date.issued2006-07en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-07-20en_US
dc.identifier.citationScientific Communication and Cognitive Codification: Social Systems Theory and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge 2006-07,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106429-
dc.descriptionEuropean Journal of Social Theory 10(3)(2007; forthcoming)en_US
dc.description.abstractForthcoming in 2007 in the European Journal of Social Theory 10 (3). The intellectual organization of the sciences cannot be appreciated sufficiently unless the cognitive dimension is considered as an independent source of variance. Cognitive structures interact and co-construct the organization of scholars and discourses into research programs, specialties, and disciplines. In the sociology of scientific knowledge and the sociology of translation, these heterogeneous sources of variance have been homogenized a priori in the concepts of practices and actor-networks. Practices and actor-networks, however, can be explained in terms of the self-organization of the cognitive code in scientific communication. The code selects knowledge claims by organizing them operationally in the various discourses; the claims can thus be stabilized and potentially globalized. Both the selecting codes and the variation in the knowledge claims remain constructed, but the different sub-dynamics can be expected to operate asymmetrically and to update with other frequencies.en_US
dc.format.mimetypehtmen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectSocial Epistemologyen_US
dc.subjectScience Technology Studiesen_US
dc.subject.otherautopoiesisen_US
dc.subject.othercodificationen_US
dc.subject.othercommunicationen_US
dc.subject.otherscientific knowledgeen_US
dc.subject.otheractor-networken_US
dc.titleScientific Communication and Cognitive Codification: Social Systems Theory and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledgeen_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
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