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Abstract: Co-words have been considered as carriers of meaning across different domainsin studies of science, technology, and society. Words and co-words, however,obtain meaning in sentences, and sentences obtain meaning in their contexts ofuse. At the science-society interface, words can be expected to have differentmeanings: the codes of communication that provide meaning to words differ onthe varying sides of the interface. Furthermore, meanings and interfaces maychange over time. Given this structuring of meaning across interfaces and overtime, we distinguish between metaphors and diaphors as reflexive mechanismsthat facilitate the translation between contexts. Our empirical focus is onthree recent scientific controversies: Monarch butterflies, Frankenfoods, andstem-cell therapies. This study explores new avenues that relate the study ofco-word analysis in context with the sociological quest for the analysis andprocessing of meaning.



Author: Loet Leydesdorff, Iina Hellsten

Source: https://arxiv.org/



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