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The Scientific Power Elite — A Chimera; The De-Institutionalization and Politicization of Science

  • Peter Weingart
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Part of the Sociology of the Sciences a Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 6)

Abstract

The notion of “scientific establishments” almost inevitably raises associations of the plethora of writings on the emergence of a “scientific power elite”, a “new priesthood”, the “scientific-estate”, “new mandarins” and the like (1). These concepts, the latest example of which is Gouldner’s “new class” of intellectuals, have some common assumptions.

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Scientific Knowledge Science Policy Project Group Scientific Expert Government Laboratory 
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References

  1. R. E. Lane. ‘The Decline of Politics and Ideology in a Knowlegde Society’, American Sociological Review 31, 658 (1966).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Cf. D. Nelkin, ‘Threats and Promises: Negotiating the Control of Research’, Daedalus 107, 2 (1978), 200.Google Scholar
  3. Cf. A. K. Smith, A Peril and a Hope, The Scientists’ Movement in America 1945–47, Chicago, 1965.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Weingart
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  1. 1.Universität BielefeldGermany

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