Patrick Carroll

in Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932807 | DOI:

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This chapter differentiates state and society and examines the state-society relationship. It analyzes the historical sociology of state formation, as well as its tremendous advances in the last quarter century. It also examines the relationship between science and the state, and therefore science and society, through the idea of a “science-state plexus”. It notes that the plexus subsists in three boundary objects that are key to how science and government intersect and network in the modern period—land, people, and the built environment. It discusses that the triangulation which operations at the heart of the cartography illustrates the role of the most abstract form of knowledge—mathematics, specifically geometry—in the formation of the modern state.

Keywords: society relationship; historical sociology; state formation; science; state plexus; triangulation; cartography; geometry

Chapter.  3616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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