Sense-making and self-making in interdisciplinarity: an analysis of dilemmatic discourses of expertise
Cuevas Garcia, Carlos Adrian (2016) Sense-making and self-making in interdisciplinarity: an analysis of dilemmatic discourses of expertise. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis explores the discursive environment in which the ‘interdisciplinary self’ is constructed. Interdisciplinarity is part of research policy agendas across the globe; however, there are competing and contrasting discourses about its value. On the one hand, interdisciplinarity is meant to foster innovation and to address contemporary world problems; on the other hand, it represents an intellectual and a professional risk for those who engage in it. Interdisciplinarity has become a research topic in itself, but scholars have not engaged with contemporary literature on ‘the self’ and on expertise. This limits our understanding of the individuals who engage in interdisciplinary research and how they deal with their intellectual and professional challenges.
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