The Right Time for the Job? Insights into Practices of Time in Contemporary Field Sciences

Abstract : This article contributes to the documentation and analysis of science as situated practice by highlighting the importance of temporalities as they are experienced and combined by the life scientists at work in the field. Drawing on a comparative empirical study of two field-sites located in the French Alps, we elaborate the notion of practices of time to describe the various ways in which the life scientists used these potential field-sites and how they sought to combine the different temporalities at stake. While the literature paid some attention to particular temporalities and to the tension between long-term bio-physical temporalities and short-term research commitments (particularly linked to the need for publishing), life scientists actually have to deal with more various temporalities including the temporal scope of the field data and the practicability of the site as well as personal temporalities such as the experience of the time in the field and the stage of the career. Documenting how life scientists develop practices of time to bring together these various temporal issues is important to understand how they become and remain engaged in the field-sites and produce knowledge on and about them.
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Isabelle Mauz, Céline Granjou. The Right Time for the Job? Insights into Practices of Time in Contemporary Field Sciences. Science in Context, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2015, 28 (2), pp.237-258. ⟨halshs-01476239⟩

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