Environmental Entanglements: Neurological Lives and Social Worlds

  • Felicity Callard
  • Des Fitzgerald


This chapter begins with the object that has perhaps most frequently underwritten collaborative work (including our own) between the social sciences and neurosciences: the effects of the environment. The chapter thus analyses a series of conceptual and methodological developments — in both biological and social domains — that have created the ground for life scientists and social scientists to begin collaborating around the simultaneously cultural and embodied effects of living in a particular environment. However, the chapter warns against some vitiated accounts of social life that can emerge from endeavours like these — and draws on recent research on the relationship between city life and mental health to begin thinking about how rich, thick and nuanced attention to the social can be traced through bioscientific methods.


city environment interdisciplinarity mental health milieu social neuroscience 

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© Felicity Callard and Des Fitzgerald 2015

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felicity Callard
    • 1
  • Des Fitzgerald
    • 2
  1. 1.Durham UniversityUK
  2. 2.Cardiff UniversityUK

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