Sociological Supervision

Trevor Pinch (who did author quite some time ago an article on testing which was secretly praised as a pivotal part of this blog’s historical unconscious), is whipping up some publicity here for a recently edited book (see also a follow-up here). The point there in that post, perfectly justified by current events in the financial world, is about the sociological supervision of economics, that is, about how sociologists should assess the implementation of the wisdom of the dismal science. As he mentions with sociological sorrow the case of Merton Junior, Pinch toys with the idea of a Nobel Prize Clawback Committee (supposedly constituted by sociologists of science) that would test all prized research every ten years and take the prize back if required.

The proposal is quite realist — but misses the far more likely prospect of finance becoming soon a sub-discipline of sociology altogether.


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