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Social Theory and Social Structure
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
  • R. Merton
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Science
  • 5 January 1968
This account of the Matthew effect is another small exercise in the psychosociological analysis of the workings of science as a social institution. The initial problem is transformed by a shift inExpand
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 theExpand
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 socialExpand
The nature of leadership.
  • R. Merton
  • Medicine
  • The Australian nurses' journal. Royal Australian…
  • 1970
The Normative Structure of Science
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 thoughtExpand