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Social Structure and Anomie
Translation: Merton, Robert. 1968. "Social Structure and Anomie", in Merton, Robert. Social Theory and Social Structure. New York: Free Press: 185-214.
The Matthew Effect in Science
The psychosocial conditions and mechanisms underlying the Matthew effect are examined and a correlation between the redundancy function of multiple discoveries and the focalizing function of eminent men of science is found—a function which is reinforced by the great value these men place upon finding basic problems and by their self-assurance.
The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations
"The exploration of the social conditions that facilitate or retard the search for scientific knowledge has been the major theme of Robert K. Merton's work for forty years. This collection of papers
Genesis and development of a scientific fact
Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the
The unanticipated consequences of purposive social action
I N SOME ONE of its numerous forms, the problem of the unanticipated consequences of purposive action has been treated by virtually every substantial contributor to the long history of social
The nature of leadership.
  • R. Merton
  • Medicine
    The Australian nurses' journal. Royal Australian…
  • 1970
Insiders and Outsiders: A Chapter in the Sociology of Knowledge
  • R. Merton
  • Sociology
    American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 July 1972
The social relevance of perspective established in the sociology of knowledge becomes evident during times of great social change and conflict. Conflict makes for a total functionalizing of thought