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For Better or For Worse? Collaborative Couples in the Sciences

  • Annette Lykknes
  • Donald L. Opitz
  • Brigitte Van Tiggelen

Part of the Science Networks. Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Donald L. Opitz, Annette Lykknes, Brigitte Van Tiggelen
    Pages 1-15
  3. Representing Collaboration

  4. Negotiating Academization

  5. Radicalizing Co-operation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-319

About this book


In this volume, a distinguished set of international scholars examine the nature of collaboration between life partners in the sciences, with particular attention to the ways in which personal and professional dynamics can foster or inhibit scientific practice. Breaking from traditional gender analyses which focus on divisions of labor and the assignment of credit, the studies scrutinize collaboration as a variable process between partners living in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who were married and divorced, heterosexual and homosexual, aristocratic and working-class and politically right and left. The contributors analyze cases shaped by their particular geographical locations, ranging from retreat settings like the English countryside and Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to university laboratories and urban centers in Berlin, Stockholm, Geneva and London. The volume demonstrates how the terms and meanings of collaboration, variably shaped by disciplinary imperatives, cultural mores, and the agency of the collaborators themselves, illuminate critical intellectual and institutional developments in the modern sciences.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Annette Lykknes
    • 1
  • Donald L. Opitz
    • 2
  • Brigitte Van Tiggelen
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of ChemistryNorwegian University of Science and TechTrondheimNorway
  2. 2., School for New LearningDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Louvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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“This volume will be of interest to historians of science, to scientists, and to anyone interested in understanding the production of science that is embedded in the social and political fabric of history.” (Elena Serrano, AMBIX, Vol. 62 (2), May, 2015)