Existence of Sub-Communities

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Is there such a thing as a sub-community? Can communities consist of other communities?

When dealing with a community, it might be useful to analyze it in terms of its constituent sub-communities (e.g. the sub-community of particles physicists within the community of physicists). But such an analysis is based on an assumption that a community can be said to be consisting of other communities. This assumption is by no means trivial; indeed, there might exist a view that each community is to be treated separately as one indivisible whole and, thus, any talk of its constituents is meaningless. Therefore the question here is whether communities can be said to be consisting of other communities, i.e. whether there is such a thing as a sub-community.

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Nicholas Overgaard in 2017. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. At the moment, the question has no accepted answer in Scientonomy.


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Scientonomy19 May 2017The publication of the article by Overgaard titled A Taxonomy for the Social Agents of Scientific Change is a good indication of acceptance of the question.Overgaard (2017)Yes

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Sub-Communities Exist (Overgaard-2017)Communities can consist of other communities.2017
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ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0013Scientonomy19 May 2017Accept that communities can consist of other communities, i.e. that there is such a thing as a sub-community.Open

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Related Topics

This topic is a sub-topic of Epistemic Agents. It has the following sub-topic(s):