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What Whitley and Sociology of Knowledge have to say about Methods annd CUmulative knowledge

I’m at ECPR summer method’s course. The recent popularity of quants (up to 90% of all article in top 12 journals) is explained by its attractive simplification of reality, its uncomplicated model and its straightforward non tough thinking which anyone can do quality. It is also argued that it is the only way to produce cumulative knowledge and to test claims.

 

I was intrigued by the cumulative knowledge claim. As we know Kuhn talks about normal periods of science where this is possible. I was intrigued by what Whitley would say on this. Rather than looking at the essence of the method itself as producing consensus and cumulativeness, he would look at the organization of the scholars, access to resources … (See blog post on Whitley). In any case I was struck that the average European scale survey cost anywhere around 100 to 300 thousand euros. An insane amount. When you introduce this much resource requirements for knowledge production Whitley would predict that this will have a narrowing effect making a few key members gate-keepers on resources and therefore knowledge. This isn’t like physics where expensive material have physical presence somewhere, the data becomes widely available, but still access to such high amounts of funding will impact the field towards greater uniformity and control and therefore to greater knowledge cumulation.

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