Data Moves: Taking Amazonian Climate Science Seriously

Walford, Antonia (2012). Data Moves: Taking Amazonian Climate Science Seriously. Cambridge Anthropology, 30(2) pp. 101–117.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/ca.2012.300207

Abstract

Drawing on fieldwork with researchers and technicians involved in a scientific project in the Brazilian rainforest, this paper explores specific aspects of climate science in the Amazon. It suggests that taking science seriously anthropologically requires an investigation into the relation between endo-anthropology and exo-anthropology. This is done recursively by exploring a particular way in which what is ‘inside’ and what is ‘outside’ are achieved and negotiated in the scientific practice under study. Researchers and technicians ‘do’ some crucial distinctions with data, and the paper points to the importance of the flux of data and the boundaries and sides that emerge from the control of that flux.

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