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What happens to facts after their construction?: characteristics and functional roles of facts in the dissemination of knowledge across modelling communities

Mansnerus, Erika (2008) What happens to facts after their construction?: characteristics and functional roles of facts in the dissemination of knowledge across modelling communities. Working papers on the nature of evidence: how well do 'facts' travel?, 30/08. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The core question addressed in this paper is: What happens to facts after their construction? The main contribution is to analyse the different practices of disseminating, circulating and crossfertilizing model-produced facts about Haemophilus influenzae type b and Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial infections and the preventive public health measures against the invasive disease forms. Through the analysis, the paper shows how facts become characterised in different utilizing communities. It elaborates an account of the functional roles of facts that are capable of shaping the knowledge practices in the receiving communities. These analyses suggest how facts can travel beyond their production sites to be used as evidence in other domains.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/economicHistory/
Additional Information: © 2008 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > How Well Do 'Facts' Travel?
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Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 30/08
Funders: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/, Economic and Social Research Council
Projects: Large-Scale Technological Change
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009 15:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22504/

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