Maaike de Boois' dissertation Discipline without discipline tells the remarkable story of andragology, a social science that went through a tumultuous development in the period from 1950 to 1983. From the promising rise, with the milestone of formal recognition as an independent science in 1970, to the eventual elimination just thirteen years later.
Descartes Centre History of Science colloquium with Maaike de Boois and Gert-Jan Johannes
The rapid dissolution has particularly amazed scientists and social professionals. A number of authors have therefore sought to explain the rapid decline of the young science. The aim of this thesis has been to understand the history of the practice-oriented andragology as a process of discipline formation. Therefore, Maaike does not just focus on the decline, but also includes it coming into being and subsequence rise to an officially recognized field of study. In the end, it comes to light that the key to understanding the rapid fall of the young discipline andragology, lies in understanding its very successful beginning. More information on Maaike de Boois: https://maaikedeboois.nl/over-maaike/ (in Dutch).
Comment by Gert-Jan Johannes: Rise & Fall of 'andragology': different views or different worlds?