But Is It Sociology?

  • Monica J. Casper University of Arizona
Keywords: animal studies, articulation work, boundary objects, Chicago School, critical body studies, disability studies, epistemic cultures, first-generation, medical sociology, objectivity, public sociology, reproduction, transdisciplinarity, trauma studies, wome


This essay explores issues of trandisciplinarity through an autobiographical lens. Specifically, the essay attends to tensions between the discipline of sociology and interdisciplinary science, knowledge, and technology studies, with an emphasis on differing epistemic cultures in each. The author suggests the promise of border-crossings outweighs the challenges, and advocates for a reflexive practice that names our intellectual and political commitments. Eschewing traditional notions of objectivity, the author calls for transdisciplinary and public engagement.

Author Biography

Monica J. Casper, University of Arizona

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Gender and Women's Studies

01 Jul 2016
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