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Keeping a House for Science: Sofia Kristensson as Matriarch and Gatekeeper at Kristineberg Zoological Station as a Scientific Household, 1877–1892
2015 (English)In: Science in Context, ISSN 0269-8897, E-ISSN 1474-0664, Vol. 28, no 4, 587-611 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Field research stations are households as a result of allegoric notions of the scientific family, and because they fulfil the purpose of a home in the field in a literal sense. They meet the practical and physical need for bed and board, as well as the emotional and intellectual need for social cohesion. I argue that this, in combination with local gender identity opened the door for a woman of lower social strata, the daughter of a fisherman, to take upon herself the role as station household matriarch, thus gaining an integral role within an inner circle of influential scientists. Secondly, I argue that locally employed members of the research station were valued primarily for their social skills. For the sake of ensuring necessary conditions for scientific work being abrasive was just as important as being agreeable.

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Cambridge University Press, 2015. Vol. 28, no 4, 587-611 p.
Keyword [en]
Kristineberg Zoological Station, history of science, scientific household, gender, marine research station, field research, field research station, housekeeper, 19th century, Sweden, Bohuslän, Schartauanism, professional role, Sven Lovén, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Keyword [sv]
Krisitnebergs zoologiska station, hushåll, vetenskapligt hushåll, Sven Lovén, Bohuslän, västkust, 1800-tal, Sverige, genus, hushållerska, vetenskapshistoria, marinzoologi, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien, fältforskning, fältforskningsstation, genushistoria, Schartauanism
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Humanities History History of Ideas
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genusvetenskap; History; History Of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106354DOI: diva2:841236
Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and Medicine
Available from: 2015-07-10 Created: 2015-07-10 Last updated: 2016-04-18

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