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Research Cooperation, Fictive Kinship, and International Knowledge Transfer among Scientists
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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The focus of the paper is how junior scientists’ use their peer’s network when applying for positions abroad in order to develop their scientific training. The study is based on ethnographic fieldwork with in depth interviews and observations at a plant science institute. The informants are at different career stages from Europe. Academic mobility across domestic organizations and global networks is an important topic in today’s discussion of knowledge circulation and its economical consequences. An aim with the peer’s network is to establish junior scientists in to a new scientific community. The junior plant scientists must learn and gain new scientific skills and achievements. They also form strong relationships with the peer and the fellow lab members, especially at a similar career stage. Gained scientific skills and an extended scientific family are central resources for the junior scientist’s career development. The concept “fictive kinship” is used to catch power and loyalty relations between people and groups that are not by blood bound to each other. As a family in a traditional, biological sense with inheritance of both power relations and material goods, there are informal leadership, symbolic capital, lab resources and machines to be inherited. The data collection is based on ethnographic field work with in depth interviews and observations.

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2015. 78-78 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-107778OAI: diva2:849492
33rd Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference Copenhagen August 18-21 2015
Available from: 2015-08-28 Created: 2015-08-28 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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