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How did the “glass ceiling” and related characteristics of female labor force experience become recognized as a proper object for social scientific study? Exploring interactions between the contexts of discovery and justification reveals how this phenomenon was recognized and established by combining different forms of expertise and experience both from within and from outside the social scientific fields. The resulting object of study might well be described as embedding a “civil” or “community ontology,” for the intersections of facts and values in these different knowledge communities were equally important in defining the content of that object of research.

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