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  1. Adjunct Rather Than Alternative in Global Governance: An Examination of BRICS as an International Bloc Through the Perception of its Members.Aireen Grace T. Andal & Ksenia G. Muratshina - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):77-99.
    This article is aimed at the analysis of the perceptions of BRICS member states – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on the role of BRICS as an actor in international politics. While numerous analyses of BRICS have already been provided, little attention has been given to the deliberate self-presentation of the group per country. As such, this work examines whether these countries themselves perceive the BRICS as a political body that offers an alternative to the Western political (...)
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  2. Dimitri Ginev.Babette Babich - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):5-7.
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  3. Random Grant Allocation From the Researchers’ Perspective: Introducing the Distinction Into Legitimate and Illegitimate Problems in Bourdieu’s Field Theory.Eva Barlösius & Axel Philipps - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):154-178.
    Discussions about funding research grants by lottery have centered on weighing the pros and cons of peer review, but this focus does not fully account for how an idea comes across in the field of science to those researchers directly dependent on research funding. Not only do researchers have personal perspectives, but they are also shaped by their experiences and the positions they occupy in the field of science. Applying Bourdieu’s field theory, the authors explore the question of which field-specific (...)
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  4. Is Interdisciplinarity Distinctive? Scientific Collaborations Through Research Projects in Natural Sciences.Pierre Benz & Thierry Rossier - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):179-214.
    This article focuses on disciplinary collaborations through the co-application to research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the main provider of research funding in Switzerland. We suggest that interdisciplinarity is a potential mode of distinction and that its frequency and the disciplines involved may be associated with specific configurations of scientific, institutional, international, extra-academic, and network resources. We rely on biographical data on all biology and chemistry professors in Switzerland in 2000, including all their funding from the Swiss (...)
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  5. Les Bases Incarnées de L’Institution Monétaire.Benjamin Bouguereau & Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):30-53.
    Money is a fundamental and ubiquitous institution in modern economies. It has the distinctive characteristic of being at the same time a complex social phenomenon and a very easily manipulated object in everyday life. By bringing together works carried out both in cognitive sciences and in philosophy of mind, and while continuing certain classical authors’ ideas, this article proposes to conceive money as a cognitive institution whose study would anchor in the paradigm of embodied cognition and extended cognition. Including the (...)
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  6. On Situational Analysis and the Explanatory Power of Mechanisms: Analytical Sociology and the Deductive-Nomological Model.Francesco Di Iorio & Enzo Di Nuoscio - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):54-76.
    According to the dominant view, analytical sociology is largely incompatible with the deductive-nomological model because the latter allows neither accurate and precise explanations, nor explanations that give individuals and their actions a privileged role. This view neglects two relevant facts about the deductive-nomological model as understood by Hempel and Popper and some of their precursors such as J.S. Mill and Weber. The first is the relationship between this model, situational analysis, and the use of probabilistic laws in explanation. The second (...)
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  7. Melvin Pollner’s Radically Reflexive Ethnomethodology in Historical Context.Dimitri Ginev - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):8-29.
    The article explores in a historical context Melvin Pollner’s way of integrating radical reflexivity in ethnomethodology. It is argued that a kind of double hermeneutic should prompt and assist this integration. The implementation of the double hermeneutic discloses a problematic that goes beyond Pollner’s program. It is a problematic that concerns the unintended effects and the unexpected consequences in members’ ongoing construction of local orders. The emergence of such effects and consequences is assigned to configured social practices capable of transcending (...)
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  8. A Theoretical Framework for Explaining the Paradox of University Rankings.Tuukka Kaidesoja - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):128-153.
    University rankings have led to the following paradox. On one hand, global and national university rankings have an increasing impact on scientific research and higher education. On the other hand, a growing number of researchers have argued that university rankings are biased and methodologically flawed as well as documented their unintended consequences that are counterproductive to education and research activities in universities. In this article, I combine sociological and cognitive perspectives to develop a theoretical framework for explaining this paradox. The (...)
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  9. The Neoliberal Transformation of Academia–Industry Relationships in India: A Critical Assessment.P. Omkar Nadh - 2022 - Social Science Information 61 (1):100-127.
    The nature of commercial interaction between academia and industry in India has transformed over time. This transformation is a result of several macro changes in the political-economic sphere. Dividing the postindependent Indian history into three different time periods, this article argues that the nature of interaction between 1947 and 1991 – the period after Independence and before economic liberalization – is of a different kind compared to the nature of interaction after liberalization. It is further argued that the interaction before (...)
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