Scientific Socialisation and the Alignment of Networks

  • John Law
  • Peter Lodge


In preceding chapters we have considered the way in which networks, constructed as they are under the auspices of interests, inevitably differ when their guiding interests are divergent. In this chapter we tackle the alternative mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 12, that of alignment: to what extent and under what circumstances is it possible to match networks? What are the forces that tend to produce convergence rather than divergence?


Science Text Network Alignment Phlogiston Theory Preceding Chapter Simple Polyhedron 
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    T. S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd edn, (Chicago University Press, Chicago, 1970).Google Scholar
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    Our example is taken from Lakatos’ study which displays the historical debate that took place in the form of a discussion between students and teacher. See I. Lakatos, Proofs and Refutations (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1976).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. For further sociological discussion of this example, see Barry Barnes and John Law, ‘Whatever Should be Done with Indexical Expressions?’, Theory and Society, 3 (1976), pp. 223–37.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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