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John Aldrich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199331345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.001.0001

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Interdisciplinary Initiatives at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century; or, Institutions Designed to Foster Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary Initiatives at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century; or, Institutions Designed to Foster Interdisciplinary Research

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(p.118) 8 Interdisciplinary Initiatives at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century; or, Institutions Designed to Foster Interdisciplinary Research
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Interdisciplinarity
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John H. Aldrich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.003.0008

Most of the literature reflects an assumption that most interesting or influential interdisciplinary research is connected to education and takes place in universities. This chapter raises the question of what happens if this academic-centric assumption is untrue, as there is reason to believe that it is probably becoming at least less accurate. The increasing importance of not-for-profit and nongovernmental organizations in research and advocacy suggests that interdisciplinary research takes place in many other places. Initiatives emphasizing different foci can be broadly identified with particular historical moments (e.g., policy issues in the first half of the twentieth century, area studies in the 1950s and 1960s, identity programs in the 1970s and 1980s, methods in the 1990s, particularly as new computing technologies permit new kinds of data analysis).

Keywords:   policy arena, nongovernmental organizations, world geography and culture, identity programs, methodology, social scientific methodology

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