© 2016

The Local Configuration of New Research Fields

On Regional and National Diversity

  • Martina Merz
  • Philippe Sormani

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Policy: Nationalizing Science

  3. Place: Mobilizing Regions

  4. Organization: Managing Tensions

  5. Mobility: Changing Contexts

About this book


This new Yearbook addresses the question of how policy, place, and organization are made to matter for a new research field to emerge. Bringing together leading historians, sociologists, and organizational researchers on science and technology, the volume answers this question by offering in-depth case studies and comparative perspectives on multiple research fields in their nascent stage, including molecular biology and materials science, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology. The Yearbook brings to bear the lessons of constructivist ethnography and the “practice turn” in Science and Technology Studies (STS) more broadly on the qualitative, comparative, and critical inquiry of new research fields. In doing so, it offers unprecedented insights into the complex interplay of national research policies, regional clusters, particular research institutions, and novel research practices in and for any emerging field of (techno-)science. It systematically investigates national and regional differences, including the variable mobilization of such differences, and probes them for organizational topicality and policy relevance.


Contemporary Technoscience Local Configuration Local Shaping Nationalizing Science Science Dynamics Science Governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Martina Merz
    • 1
  • Philippe Sormani
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Science Communication and Higher Education ResearchAlpen-Adria-Universität KlagenfurtViennaAustria
  2. 2.Istituto Svizzero di RomaRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Local Configuration of New Research Fields
  • Book Subtitle On Regional and National Diversity
  • Editors Martina Merz
    Philippe Sormani
  • Series Title Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
  • Series Abbreviated Title Sociol.Sciences Yearbook
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-22682-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-36442-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-22683-5
  • Series ISSN 0167-2320
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1796
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 247
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    History of Science
    R & D/Technology Policy
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