Between «refraction» and «translations»: Bourdieu, Latour and scientific autonomy

Author/s Matteo Gerli
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/125 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 5-26 File size 254 KB
DOI 10.3280/SR2021-125001
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Nowadays, scientists are dealing with new challenges that jeopardize their «autonomy». If, on one hand, the advent of a society of knowledge has determined extraordinary possibilities for coding, transmitting and acquiring knowledge, on the other one, it has generated constraints and pressures on the entire scientific production chain. Against this background, the article proposes a critical reflection on the problem of autonomy of science. Specifically, drawing from the works of Pierre Bourdieu and Bruno Latour, the essay tries to shed light on the terms within which autonomy relates to scientists’ authority and reliability, also providing some analytical tools to recognize whichextra-scientific forces and forms of power are able to affect scientific practices ad activities.

Matteo Gerli, Tra «rifrazione» e «traduzioni»: Bourdieu, Latour e l’autonomia scientifica in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 125/2021, pp 5-26, DOI: 10.3280/SR2021-125001