On the mid range: an exercise in disposing (or minding the gaps)

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On the mid range: an exercise in disposing (or minding the gaps)

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dc.contributor.author Rappert, Brian en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-09T09:35:57Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:55:00Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T15:59:48Z
dc.date.issued 2007-11 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Many efforts to establish concepts and theories of the middle range have sought to find an appropriate balance between theoretical abstraction and the desire to remain faithful to the empirical complexity of phenomenon. As with other forms of expertise, those analyzing socio-technical life face acute tensions in attempting to reconcile the general and the specific in a manner which is regarded as credible. Through a consideration of the self-referential implications of STS critiques of traditional notions of science as well as attempts to establish rules for the acceptability of coercive force, this article develops a sense of what is at stake in attempts by actors and analysts to grasp the general and the specific together. Instead of seeking to identify a point of resolution for the two, it advocates and exemplifies the need to attend to the dilemmas associated with the movement between the general and the specific. The middle range concept of "disposal strategies" is offered both as an aid to the study of socio-technical life and as an example of attending to the movement between the general and specific. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship ESRC project RES-223-25-0053 en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 32(6), pp.693-712 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0162243907303599 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/31356 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Sage Publications en_GB
dc.relation.url http://sth.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/32/6/693 en_GB
dc.subject reflexivity en_GB
dc.subject arms control en_GB
dc.subject disposal strategies en_GB
dc.subject middle range theory en_GB
dc.title On the mid range: an exercise in disposing (or minding the gaps) en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-07-09T09:35:57Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:55:00Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T15:59:48Z
dc.identifier.issn 0162-2439 en_GB
dc.description © 2007 SAGE Publications. Post-print version. 12 month embargo by the publisher. Article will be released November 2008. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1552-8251 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Science, Technology & Human Values en_GB


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