Lay Observers, Telegraph Lines, and Kansas Weather: The Field Network as a Mode of Knowledge Production

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/344545
Title:
Lay Observers, Telegraph Lines, and Kansas Weather: The Field Network as a Mode of Knowledge Production
Author:
Vetter, Jeremy
Affiliation:
University of Arizona
Issue Date:
2011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Journals Online)
Citation:
Lay Observers, Telegraph Lines, and Kansas Weather: The Field Network as a Mode of Knowledge Production 2011, 24 (02):259 Science in Context
Journal:
Science in Context
Rights:
Archived with thanks to Science in Context
Abstract:
This paper examines the field network – linking together lay observers in geographically distributed locations with a central figure who aggregated their locally produced observations into more general, regional knowledge – as a historically emergent mode of knowledge production. After discussing the significance of weather knowledge as a vital domain in which field networks have operated, it describes and analyzes how a more robust and systematized weather observing field network became established and maintained on the ground in the early twentieth century. This case study, which examines two Kansas City-based local observer networks supervised by the same U.S. Weather Bureau office, demonstrates some of the key issues involved in maintaining field networks, such as the role of communications infrastructure, especially the telegraph, the procedures designed to make local observation more systematic and uniform, and the centralized, hierarchical power relations that underpinned even a low-status example of knowledge production on the periphery.
ISSN:
0269-8897; 1474-0664
DOI:
10.1017/S0269889711000093
Additional Links:
http://www.journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0269889711000093

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dc.contributor.authorVetter, Jeremyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T01:26:56Z-
dc.date.available2015-02-18T01:26:56Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationLay Observers, Telegraph Lines, and Kansas Weather: The Field Network as a Mode of Knowledge Production 2011, 24 (02):259 Science in Contexten_US
dc.identifier.issn0269-8897-
dc.identifier.issn1474-0664-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0269889711000093-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/344545-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the field network – linking together lay observers in geographically distributed locations with a central figure who aggregated their locally produced observations into more general, regional knowledge – as a historically emergent mode of knowledge production. After discussing the significance of weather knowledge as a vital domain in which field networks have operated, it describes and analyzes how a more robust and systematized weather observing field network became established and maintained on the ground in the early twentieth century. This case study, which examines two Kansas City-based local observer networks supervised by the same U.S. Weather Bureau office, demonstrates some of the key issues involved in maintaining field networks, such as the role of communications infrastructure, especially the telegraph, the procedures designed to make local observation more systematic and uniform, and the centralized, hierarchical power relations that underpinned even a low-status example of knowledge production on the periphery.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (Cambridge Journals Online)en_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0269889711000093en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Science in Contexten_US
dc.titleLay Observers, Telegraph Lines, and Kansas Weather: The Field Network as a Mode of Knowledge Productionen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.identifier.journalScience in Contexten_US
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