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A thousand words is worth a picture

Collins, Harold ORCID: and Evans, Robert ORCID: 2016. A thousand words is worth a picture. Social Studies of Science 46 (2) , pp. 312-324. 10.1177/0306312716637437

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In this response to Ribeiro and Lima’s paper on interactional expertise, we argue that, by not incorporating the insights of constructivist social science, their analysis goes backwards rather than advancing the debate. We show that much of the evidence they present does not lead to the conclusions they draw. We also critically examine the idea of physical contiguity, which forms a central part of Ribeiro and Lima’s position. We show that its meaning is ambiguous. We conclude by suggesting that more research on the nature and influence of physical contiguity would be interesting in its own right but that it would not bear on the notion of interactional expertise.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0306-3127
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 March 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:27

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