Querying Collaboration in Political Practice/Praxis

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Okune, Angela and Adams, James. 2018. "Querying Collaboration in Political Practice/Praxis." In PhD Orals Document: Querying Analyses of Collaboration, created by Angela Okune and James Adams. PhD Orals Document. UC Irvine Anthropology. October.

Essay Metanarrative

This section foregrounds artifacts that have looked at collaborative formations that are part of the political practice and implementation of research findings/insights.

The following description (drafted prior to reading the works) outlines how we were thinking about this particular research life cycle phase:

JA (July 2018): This is where my interest in what I have been calling “data ideologies” comes in. I am interested in how different collectives, operating within different domains of expertise, have different ideas about what data “does” in different contexts. To be more specific, I am wanting to read critical data studies literature on how different groups of people conceive of the relationship between processes of data, knowledge, information production and those of strategic social action/change.

This essay is part of a broader orals document querying collaborative formations. Works were categoried under one part of the “research life cycle” as a heuristic. Sub-essays within the orals doc can be accessed directly through the following links: Research Design (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Gathering and Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Analysis (Artifacts | Analysis); Artifact Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Dissemination (Artifacts | Analysis); Political Practice (Artifacts | Analysis).

Angela Okune's Orals Documents in Brief

This essay is part of three orals documents submitted by University of California, Irvine Anthropology doctoral student Angela Okune i n partial fulfillment of her requirements for advancement to candidacy. Within UCI Anthropology, the orals documents typically take the form of three documents...Read more
Handgraaf, Michel J. J., and W. Fred van Raaij. 2005. “Fear and Loathing No More: The Emergence of Collaboration between Economists and Psychologists.” Journal of Economic Psychology, Tilburg Symposium on Psychology and Economics: Games and Decisions, 26

Abstract: "Psychologists and economists used to see the world from their own perspectives, but currently we observe a growing common perspective, called behavioral economics or economic psychology. Traditional differences between economists and psychologists concerned self-interest and...Read more

Fiore, Stephen M. 2008. “Interdisciplinarity as Teamwork , Interdisciplinarity as Teamwork: How the Science of Teams Can Inform Team Science

AO: This 2008 article discusses team science and argues that scientists of team science need to better understand interdisciplinary research in action.Read more

Cervone, Emma. 2015. “The Promises and Conundrums of Decolonized Collaboration.” In Indigenous Studies and Engaged Anthropology: The Collaborative Moment, edited by Paul Sillitoe, 95–114. Farnham, Surrey, UK ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

AO: This 2015 book chapter by anthropologist Emma Cervone is part of existing conversations in engaged anthropology and indigenous studies on the implications of practicing a form of anthropology that has opted for politically engaged methodologies in the production of anthropological knowledge...Read more

Fortun, Kim, and Todd Cherkasky. “Guest Editorial: Strategizing Counter‐expertise.” Science as Culture 7, no. 2 (June 1998): 141–44.

Kim Fortun and Todd Cherkasky explicate how they are thinking about "counter-expertise" as "a way of taking responsibility for expert knowledge and status, while questioning the conventional role experts play in framing political choices" (1998, 141).Read more

Fortun, Kim, and Todd Cherkasky. “Counter‐expertise and the Politics of Collaboration.” Science as Culture 7, no. 2 (June 1998): 145–72.

In this article, Kim Fortun and Todd Cherkasky think through the politics of difference and collaboration by engaging real world manifestations of Gregory Bateson's concept of the"double-bind".Read more

FORTUN, KIM. “THE BHOPAL DISASTER: Advocacy and Expertise.” SCIENCE AS CULTURE, n.d., 13.

In this article, Kim Fortun discusses her affiliation with the Bhopal Group for Information and Action and her experiences as an advocate for the Bhopal Gas Affected Working Women's Union. She uses this discussion to develop a theory of advocacy "as a way to expertise, which complicates...Read more

Fortun, Michael. “Institutionalizing Indirection: Science at the Crossroads of Scholarship and Politics.” Science as Culture 7, no. 2 (June 1998): 173–92.

In this article, Mike Fortun discusses discusses the complicated double-binds that impacted his "response-ability" while working in and on the Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS).Read more

Wood, Donna J., and Barbara Gray. 1991. “Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Collaboration.” The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 27 (2): 139–62. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021886391272001.

Abstract: The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science presents two special issues on collaborative alliances that examine the contributions and limits of existing theories for explaining collaboration, and that clarify and expand our understanding of this phenomenon. In this introduction, the...Read more

Vangen, Siv. 2017. “Developing Practice-Oriented Theory on Collaboration: A Paradox Lens.” Public Administration Review 77 (2): 263–72. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12683.

Abstract: Collaboration is present throughout public administration as a means to address social issues that sit in the interorganizational domain. Yet research carried out over the last three decades has concluded that collaborations are complex, slow to produce outputs, and by no means...Read more

Ortiz, Mariah C. 2010. “Collaborative Social Change: A Transformational Approach.” University of Washington Bothell.

JA: A Policy Studies approach to theorizing the practice of collaborative social change.Read more

J. Edwin Benton. n.d. “Local Government Collaboration: Considerations, Issues, and Prospects.” State & Local Government Review 45 (4,). http://www.jstor.org/stable/24639174.

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to lay a foundation for a better understanding of the nature of government collaboration, the rationale for and pros and cons of entering into them, the considerations and issues that accompany these kinds of arrangements, and their prospects for success...Read more

Black, L.J., A.M. Cresswell, L.F. Luna, T.A. Pardo, I.J. Martinez, F. Thompson, D.F. Andersen, D.S. Canestraro, G.P. Richardson, and M. Cook. 2003. “A Dynamic Theory of Collaboration: A Structural Approach to Facilitating Intergovernmental Use of Informat

Abstract: This paper explores the dynamics of trust, collaboration,
and knowledge sharing in the context of a multigovernmental,
interorganizational project to design and
implement a new information system. Drawing on
research and a case study of a successful project, the
authors...Read more

Hwang, Kumju. 2008. “International Collaboration in Multilayered Center-Periphery in the Globalization of Science and Technology.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 33 (1): 101–33.

This 2008 article by Kumju Hwang looks at how international collaboration takes place and structures the global division of research labor.Read more