The Limits of Universality

Jochen Gläser, Stefan Lange, Grit Laudel and Uwe Schimank

in Reconfiguring Knowledge Production

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590193
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723445 | DOI:
The Limits of Universality

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This chapter examines the ways in which differences between scientific fields affect the impact of changing authority relations on research goals and approaches. Comparing proximate and remote epistemic properties on research in six disciplines in the sciences and humanities, it shows how variations in resource dependence, research portfolio diversity, and other factors have impinged upon scientists' responses to resource scarcity and state restructuring in academic governance in Australia, as well as how these factors in turn reflect more deep-seated features of research styles, such as the role of personal interpretation in problem formulation, decomposability of research problems, and mode of access to empirical evidence.

Keywords: authority relations; academic research; resource scarcity; academic governance; research problems; Australia

Chapter.  12773 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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