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Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 459–481 | Cite as

Of Disciplined Minds and Disciplined Bodies: On Becoming an Ecologist

  • Wolff-Michael RothEmail author
  • G. Michael Bowen
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Abstract

Phenomenologically speaking, the body is the hinge between the sociomaterial world and individual knowing. To illustrate the importance of this hinge in the making of ecologists, we draw on a two-year ethnographic project among field ecologists. Our study shows that becoming an ecologist involves not just the acquisition of skills and conceptual knowledge or just enculturation to a set of practices, such as occurs in university schooling, but also a disciplining of both mind and body, deriving from the physicality of engaging in the fieldwork itself. Becoming an ecologist therefore involves a “disciplining” that mingles the mental and the physical.

enculturation embodiment fieldwork cognition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoria, BCCanada

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