Social science and neuroscience beyond interdisciplinarity: experimental entanglements

Fitzgerald, D. and Callard, F. (2015) Social science and neuroscience beyond interdisciplinarity: experimental entanglements. Theory, Culture and Society, 32(1), pp. 3-32. (doi: 10.1177/0263276414537319) (PMID:25972621) (PMCID:PMC4425296)

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This article is an account of the dynamics of interaction across the social sciences and neurosciences. Against an arid rhetoric of ‘interdisciplinarity’, it calls for a more expansive imaginary of what experiment – as practice and ethos – might offer in this space. Arguing that opportunities for collaboration between social scientists and neuroscientists need to be taken seriously, the article situates itself against existing conceptualizations of these dynamics, grouping them under three rubrics: ‘critique’, ‘ebullience’ and ‘interaction’. Despite their differences, each insists on a distinction between sociocultural and neurobiological knowledge, or does not show how a more entangled field might be realized. The article links this absence to the ‘regime of the inter-’, an ethic of interdisciplinarity that guides interaction between disciplines on the understanding of their pre-existing separateness. The argument of the paper is thus twofold: (1) that, contra the ‘regime of the inter-’, it is no longer practicable to maintain a hygienic separation between sociocultural webs and neurobiological architecture; (2) that the cognitive neuroscientific experiment, as a space of epistemological and ontological excess, offers an opportunity to researchers, from all disciplines, to explore and register this realization.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Callard, Professor Felicity
Authors: Fitzgerald, D., and Callard, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Theory, Culture and Society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1460-3616
Published Online:30 June 2014
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Theory, Culture and Society 32(1): 3-32
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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