Culture in Interaction: Academic Identities in Laboratory Work

  • Martin Benninghoff
  • Philippe Sormani

The present contribution is based on an ongoing ethnography of laboratory work in a physics and a genetics laboratory, respectively. The proposed ethnographic account addresses “academic identities” as a sociological issue by turning it into the following empirical question: how, if at all, are academic identities relevant issues for laboratory work? The curious neglect of that question in both higher education and ethnographic studies provides the reason for doing so.


Laboratory Work Doctoral Student Scientific Practice Participant Observation Membership Category 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Benninghoff
    • 1
  • Philippe Sormani
    • 1
  1. 1.Observatory Science, Policy, and SocietyUniversity of LausanneSwitzerland

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