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'I have never cared for particular disciplines' - negotiating an interdisciplinary self in biographical narrative


  • Carlos Adrian Cuevas-Garcia


Interdisciplinary researchers can be perceived as valuable but also as dilettantistic. Therefore, claiming an interdisciplinary self and identity is not a straightforward task. This paper draws on a narrative-discursive psychology approach to analyse the biographical narrative of a postdoctoral researcher to position himself successfully as interdisciplinary. This autobiographical story was published in the scientific journal Nature . The analysis of this account identifies a number of discursive resources that can be used for the construction of oneself as an interdisciplinary researcher, and for the negotiation of this position as convenient and desirable.

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  • Carlos Adrian Cuevas-Garcia, 2015. "'I have never cared for particular disciplines' - negotiating an interdisciplinary self in biographical narrative," Contemporary Social Science, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(1), pages 86-98, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rsocxx:v:10:y:2015:i:1:p:86-98
    DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2014.974664

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