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Experiments with interactional expertise

Collins, Harold Maurice ORCID:, Evans, Robert John ORCID:, Ribeiro, Rodrigo and Hall, Martin 2006. Experiments with interactional expertise. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 37 (4) , pp. 656-674. 10.1016/j.shpsa.2006.09.005

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‘Interactional expertise’ is developed through linguistic interaction without full scale practical immersion in a culture. Interactional expertise is the medium of communication in peer review in science, in review committees, and in interdisciplinary projects. It is also the medium of specialist journalists and of interpretative methods in the social sciences. We describe imitation game experiments designed to make concrete the idea of interactional expertise. The experiments show that the linguistic performance of those well socialized in the language of a specialist group is indistinguishable from those with full blown practical socialization but distinguishable from those who are not well socialized. The imitation game can also be used to indicate whether an individual can enter an esoteric domain and master the interactional expertise, a skill required by interpretative sociologists of science, anthropologists, ethnographers, and the like.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Expertise; Interactional expertise; Imitation game; Turing test; Colour blindness; Interpretative methods
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0039-3681
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:39

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