Social context of production of scientific knowledge: demarcation, autonomy, cognitive authority of science and challenges; Organisation and professionalisation of scientific knowledge: science as a social institution and the ethos of science; Inequalities in science: Matthew Effect, Mertonian paradigm; Social legitimation: interests, meanings and values; Science policies in India: Scientific Policy Resolution (1958), Technology Policy Statement (1983), Science and Technology Policy (2003)
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Academic Complex Block F Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati, Assam, 781039