Video Analysis of Mathematical Practice? Different Attempts to "Open Up" Mathematics for Sociological Investigation

Christian Greiffenhagen

Abstract


In this article I argue that in contrast to a large number of sociological studies of laboratory practices in the natural sciences, there have been relatively few studies that have investigated professional mathematical practice. I discuss three different methodological attempts to "open up" advanced mathematics for sociological investigation: (1) LIVINGSTON's "demonstrative sociology"; (2) MERZ and KNORR-CETINA's "e-mail ethnography"; and (3) my own "video ethnography."
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0803323

Keywords


video analysis; work­place studies; sociology of sci­entific knowl­edge; mathematics

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