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  • 1 Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, Corvinus University of Budapest, 1093 Közraktár utca 4-6, Budapest, Hungary
  • | 2 Sociological Doctoral School, Eötvös Loránd University, 1117 Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a, Budapest, Hungary
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Abstract

The paper introduces a concept for measuring the interpretive fragmentation of scientific fields by the analysis of their citation networks. Transitive closure in two-mode networks is the basis of the proposed measurement. To test the validity of the concept two analyses are presented. One compares the integrity of two social sciences, sociology and economics, and a natural science, biophysics. The results are in line with the widely held opinion, that because of the lack in cumulative and consensual knowledge production mechanisms the social sciences are more disintegrated. Sociology is considerably more fragmented then economics, as the different paradigm structure of these disciplines would predict. As a second test, the fragmentation of scholarly communication inside and between the sub-fields of sociology is measured. The results correctly indicate that meaning making processes are taking place inside invisible colleges.

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Scientometrics
Language English
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1978
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ISSN 0138-9130 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2861 (Online)