The Edges of the Map
This chapter provides an overview of the book and maps out the central theoretical issues that it addresses. The book proceeds from a conceptual framework developed as the strong programme of the sociology of knowledge. Furthermore, it relies on Thomas Gieryn’s notion of boundary work, and adapts it to Enlightenment science. This chapter also presents a critique of the center-periphery model of knowledge exchange between different regions, and delineates a theoretical framework that enables discussions of late seventeenth- and eighteenth century production of knowledge as a consequence of Europe-wide knowledge circulation.
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