Subjectivity, governance, and changing conditions of knowledge production in the life sciences

Author(s)
Lisa Sigl
Abstract

Knowledge producers are ascribed a key role for societal development today, as they produce a key resource for knowledge-based societies. Even as the institutional, social, and cultural environments of research change (c.f. “evaluation society,” “aca-demic capitalism”), we know surprisingly little about how this results in different research practices and knowledge. Building on experiences of studying research cul-tures in the life sciences, I argue in this paper that by studying researchers’ subjecti-fication, we learn how changing conditions are actually translated into a transforma-tion of research processes and about the role of researchers as active agents in this transformation. Put differently, I investigate how we can study subjectification as a locus of change in research cultures. I discuss possible methodological cornerstones of using subjectification as conceptual approach for studying research cultures. Along some analytical extracts, I further demonstrate how this enables us to see tacit forms of governance in cultures of knowledge production.

Organisation(s)
Research Platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice, Department of Science and Technology Studies
Journal
Subjectivity
Volume
12
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-019-00069-6
Publication date
2019
Publication status
Published
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
509017 Social studies of science
Keywords
Science and technology studies, Methodological design, Subjectified work, Labor studies, Cultures of knowledge production
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Social Sciences(all), Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/subjectivity-governance-andchanging-conditions-ofknowledge-production-inthelife-sciences(144d5079-3241-4adb-a64b-42098ae64933).html