Professor Karin Knorr-Cetina and Some Papers

Karin Knorr-Cetina (also Karin Knorr Cetina) (born July 19, 1944 in Graz,Austria) is an Austrian sociologist well known for her work on epistemology and Social constructionism, summarized in the books The Manufacture of Knowledge: An Essay on the Constructivist and Contextual Nature of Science(1981) and Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge (1999). Currently, she focuses on the study of global microstructures and Social studies of finance. Karin Knorr is professor of the Theory of Sociology at the Universität Konstanz and guest professor at the University of Chicago.  She has been greatly influenced by and has greatly influenced American interactionist and ethnomethodological research and theory.
A "knowledge object" is a theoretical concept introduced by Knorr-Cetina to describe the emergence of post-social relations in epistemic cultures. Knowledge objects are different than everyday things and are defined as unfolding structures that are non-identical with themselves.
Here are some links to her works and her websites:
Here University Webpapage:
Here paper with Bruegger (2000) "THE Market As An Object of Attachment"

Her Paper "Culture in global knowledge societies: knowledge cultures and epistemic"  



  • The Manufacture of Knowledge - An Essay on the Constructivist and contextual Nature of Science: Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1981.
  • Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge (New York, 1999)


  • Knorr Cetina, K. (1997). Sociality with objects: social relations in postsocial knowledge societies. Theory, culture & society, 14(4), 1-30.
  • Knorr Cetina, K., & Brugger, U. (2002). Traders' Engagement with Markets: A Postsocial Relationship. Theory Culture Society, 19(5-6), 161-185.]