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Tales of an island-laboratory: defining the field in geography and science studies

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This paper investigates the ways in which field sites are defined in both science and science studies. Drawing on the example of how Iceland became a laboratory for both genetic science and science studies, it suggested that the spaces of science social scientists critique are also, to some extent, endorsed and reproduced through their own critical representations and practices. It is argued that this complicity between science studies and science both poses challenges and offers opportunities for geographers studying the relationship between life sciences, science studies and space.

Keywords: Iceland; fieldwork; genetic epidemiology; island-laboratory; science studies

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Earth Sciences and Geography, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, Email:

Publication date: 2006-06-01

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