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Culture, Mind, and Society

A Cognitive Ethnography of Knowledge and Material Culture

Cognition, Experiment, and the Science of Salmon Lice

Authors: Solberg, Mads

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  • Bridges the divide between social and cognitive accounts of knowledge-making
  • Reframes the experiment as a central part of scientific knowledge-production, rather than as an auxiliary process to theory
  • Draws on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork at a Norwegian biology laboratory 
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​This cognitive ethnography examines how scientists create meaning about biological phenomena through experimental practices in the laboratory, offering a frontline perspective on how new insights come to life. An exercise in the anthropology of knowledge, this story follows a community of biologists in Western Norway in their quest to build a novel experimental system for research on Lepeoptheirus salmonis, a parasite that has become a major pest in salmon aquaculture. The book offers a window on the making of this material culture of science, and how biological phenomena and their representations are skillfully transformed and made meaningful within a rich cognitive ecology. Conventional accounts of experiments see their purpose as mainly auxiliary, as handmaidens to theory. By looking closely at experimental activities and their materiality, this book shows how experimentation contributes to knowledge production through a broader set of epistemic actions.

In drawing on a combination of approaches from anthropology and cognitive science, it offers a unique contribution to the fields of cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, science and technology studies and the philosophy of science.

 


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Mads Solberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Aalesund, Norway. He currently teaches and researches how people interact with technology in healthcare. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Cognitive Ethnography of Knowledge and Material Culture
Book Subtitle
Cognition, Experiment, and the Science of Salmon Lice
Authors
Series Title
Culture, Mind, and Society
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-72511-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-72511-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-72510-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 450
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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