From the Margins to New Ground

An Autoethnography of Passage between Disciplines

Authors: Hagoel, Lea, Kalekin-Fishman, Devorah

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  • This book describes and theorizes a transdisciplinary trajectory; although the need for transdisciplinary research is clear on many levels, the practical question of how individuals actually become transdisciplinary researchers and how they work as transdisciplinary researchers, has not been addressed in sufficient detail
  • This book was written by two sociologists who have produced an analytic autoethnography-à-deux, focusing on shared reminiscences and on-going experience, and presenting a joint research in self-discovery
  • The book tells a story which demonstrates how a medical sociologist crossed disciplinary boundaries, and through a unique learning experience acquired a new role and became a transdisciplinary researcher, creating innovative approaches to knowledge while participating in changing organizational work patterns
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The authors, two sociologists, discover, follow-up, examine, and make sense of the cross-roads where the social and life sciences meet, surprised by the emergent story which they simultaneously witness and document. Together, they focus on Lea Hagoel’s professional path as a medical sociologist fitting in with bio-medical scientific work patterns of a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, bio-statisticians, IT personnel, molecular biologists, and managerial-administrative team members. Lea shared her experiences with Devorah, and what developed into this book consists of the story itself – the unfolding of events as observed and described by Lea who tells what it was like for a sociologist. Her story unfolds in the context of the ongoing dialogue which lasted more than two decades and turned into an autoethnography à deux. Finally, the ethnographers offer insights into the world of biology and medicine, into women’s lives, into being a native in a disciplinary culture, and into transdisciplinarity.

In three parts, the book describes and theorizes the quest of a medical sociologist for transdisciplinarity. Part I explores the theoretical background, Part II presents the story of different stages in Lea’s experiences tracing the trajectory of her growing professional repertoire and discovering the practical meaning of how cross-disciplinary knowledge affects her performance as a researcher in the organization with which she is affiliated. Part III draws conclusions about what moving between disciplines can mean for a researcher. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From the Margins to New Ground
Book Subtitle
An Autoethnography of Passage between Disciplines
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6300-298-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6300-298-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 210
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