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Réseaux épistémiques : formaliser la cognition distribuée

Roth, Camille (2008) Réseaux épistémiques : formaliser la cognition distribuée Sociologie du Travail, 50 (3). pp. 353-371.


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Knowledge-based communities bring together persons who collaborate and interact in order to produce knowledge. The tasks involved in this production are usually described in terms of “epistemic communities”: groups of individuals working on shared topics in pursuit of a common goal of knowledge production. Focus is thus placed on the formation, evolution and interactions of these communities – in general, on processes of collaboration. The objective is twofold: on one hand, describe how epistemic communities emerge and overlap at various hierarchical levels and, on the other, expose the determinants of collaboration between members of these communities. In an attempt to formalize the analysis of distributed cognition, an epistemic community is defined as the largest set of agents sharing and, working on, the same set of concepts. This formal definition helps us describe the distributed structure of knowledge production; understand the impact of this structure on the perception and arrangement of activities related to distributed cognition and appraise dynamically the stability over time of the distribution of tasks within the network, in spite of a continuous turnover among members. An empirical study of a community of embryologists illustrates this approach.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Roth, Camille
Date : 1 January 2008
DOI : 10.1016/j.soctra.2008.06.005
Additional Information : Published in: Sociologie du Travail Volume 50, Issue 3, July-September 2008, Pages 353-371. Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Masson SAS All rights reserved
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:02

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