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Multiple environments: accountability, integration, ontology

Weszkalnys, Gisa and Barry, Andrew (2013) Multiple environments: accountability, integration, ontology. In: Barry, Andrew and Born, Georgina, (eds.) Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences. CRESC. Routledge, New York, USA, pp. 178-208. ISBN 9780415578929

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Abstract

The idea that research should become more interdisciplinary has become commonplace. According to influential commentators, the unprecedented complexity of problems such as climate change or the social implications of biomedicine demand interdisciplinary efforts integrating both the social and natural sciences. In this context, the question of whether a given knowledge practice is too disciplinary, or interdisciplinary, or not disciplinary enough has become an issue for governments, research policy makers and funding agencies. Interdisciplinarity, in short, has emerged as a key political preoccupation; yet the term tends to obscure as much as illuminate the diverse practices gathered under its rubric. This volume offers a new approach to theorising interdisciplinarity, showing how the boundaries between the social and natural sciences are being reconfigured. It examines the current preoccupation with interdisciplinarity, notably the ascendance of a particular discourse in which it is associated with a transformation in the relations between science, technology and society. Contributors address attempts to promote collaboration between, on the one hand, the natural sciences and engineering and, on the other, the social sciences, arts and humanities. From ethnography in the IT industry to science and technology studies, environmental science to medical humanities, cybernetics to art-science, the collection interrogates how interdisciplinarity has come to be seen as a solution not only to enhancing relations between science and society, but the pursuit of accountability and the need to foster innovation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2013 The Editors
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2013 16:39
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:05
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48275

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