The Production of Knowledge in Excellent German Research Groups - an Ethnographic Case Study
How does this kind of project-orientated funding influence research? Which effects does it have for the production of knowledge?
To answer these questions the presented study is based on two ethnographic case studies of two scientific working groups, physicists and chemists. The participatory observation were realized over a period of two years and supplemented by interviews. Participating at the everyday work of young researchers, especially PhD candidates and postdocs, I tried to identify mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion and thereby to understand how the academic field operates.