Taboos of Thematization and Gate Keeping in the Social Sciences: Moderators' Comments


  • Franz Breuer Universität Münster
  • Jo Reichertz Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut (KWI) Essen
  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria



social-scientific milieu, perspective, social conditions of scientific production


In this volume, we publish two new contributions to the FQS column "Debate" entitled "Doing Successful Research in the Social Sciences ..." The first text focuses on a theoretical issue, proposing a law of silence concerning the social background and internal processes in the subculture of the social sciences. The second text presents a literary case study of a dissertation in the thickets of university politics. The two contributions are an expression of very different perspectives onto the milieu of social science. They exemplify our, the moderators' intention to illuminate this (small) social-scientific world from different points of view and to take advantage of it for constructing a more systematic and deeper understanding of the social construction of social-scientific knowledge. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0302160


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Breuer, F., Reichertz, J., & Roth, W.-M. (2003). Taboos of Thematization and Gate Keeping in the Social Sciences: Moderators’ Comments. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 4(2).



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