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Science under Siege? Being alongside the life sciences, giving science life

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JournalThe Sociological Review
DateSubmitted - 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Jan 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 28 Feb 2019
DatePublished (current) - 1 Mar 2019
Issue number2
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)264-286
Early online date28/02/19
Original languageEnglish


The aim in this paper is to explore conditions of possibility for giving life to science in the context of science being under siege from twin agendas of industrialization and managerialization. The focus of this exploration is my experiencing a shift from being brought in as an ally in the strategic conduct of others to then becoming engaged in the life sciences of ageing. In nuancing these different ways of ‘being alongside’ (Latimer 2013), I show how social and life scientist’s attachment and detachment to things can bring them into an intimate entanglement with each other’s world-making. Keeping in view possibilities for breaching the dividing practices by which each of us are emplaced, as either life scientist or social scientist, I focus on gatherings that give science life and so get beyond things as “as others want them”.

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  • Being alongside, intimacy, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, entanglement, gathering, affect

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