The (Surplus) Value of Scientific Communication

Fröhlich, Gerhard (1996) The (Surplus) Value of Scientific Communication. Review of Information Science, 1 (2). pp. 84-95.

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In research on scientific communication there are above all theory-less and formal/natural scientific models of scientific communication. These are juxtaposed to social-scientific, power-sensitive models (Elias, Bourdieu, Merton). The (surplus) value of scientific communication can be variously understood: either as inherent surplus values in the sense of potential effects of stimulation, synergy, critique, quality control; or as symbolic surplus value in the sense of symbolic capital (Bourdieu) which is adapted by scientists or respectively groups of scientists and so further reinforces the social disparities in sciences with which they have contact (Matthew Effect).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: scientific communication, surplus value, Elias N., Bourdieu P., Merton R.K., Matthew effect, sociology of scientific communication
Subjects: Wissenschaftsforschung, Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Depositing User: Iris Borreck
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2020 16:10
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2020 16:10

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