When climatologists meet social scientists: ethnographic speculations around interdisciplinary equivocations

Renzo Romano Taddei, Sophie Haines

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Abstract

This article argues for the need to address the fact that a large amount of conflict over environmental knowledge occurs inside the academy, against the commonsensical perception that it is a mark of the relationship between science and non-science. It proposes a conceptual speculative exercise that uses a framework presented by indigenous ethnology, specifically the theory of Amerindian perspectivism, to address tensions among scientific disciplines in interdisciplinary work. Ethnographic vignettes about contentious encounters between climatologists/meteorologists and social scientists are used as methodological and analytical resources. The paper argues for a non-platonic approach to interdisciplinarity, suggesting that a more productive and realistic attitude treats the collaboration of different disciplines as a case of alliance among “enemies”, with the caveat that the concept of enemy should be understood here in terms of the relational philosophies of Amerindian peoples, where antagonistic difference is valued for its constitutive and productive effects on reality.
Translated title of the contributionWhen climatologists meet social scientists: ethnographic speculations around interdisciplinary equivocations
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)186-211
JournalSociologias
Volume21
Issue number51
Early online date2 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Sep 2019

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