The scientific field is a field of forces whose structure is defined by the continuous distribution of the specific capital possessed, at the given moment, by various agents or institutions operating in the field. It is also a field of struggle or a space of competition where agents or institutions who work at valorizing their own capital—by means of strategies or accumulation imposed by the competition and appropriate for determining the preservation or transformation of the structure—confront one another. (Pierre Bourdieu)

Struggle is established between agents who are unevenly endowed with specific capital and therefore unevenly able to appropriate the resources inherited from the past, and with that, the profits of the scientific work produced by all the competitors, through their objective collaboration in the implementation of the totality of available means of scientific production. (Pierre Bourdieu)

Defining science is an overdetermined process...

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