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The Field
The field
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One answer we could be given if we ask why the physical sciences are so successful is that they define their own rules for experimental closure in such a way that they can pose tractable questions. The laboratory and its apparatus narrow the field of view, and allow deliberate exercise of control to facilitate prediction and explanation. For other classes of science – environmental and earth sciences, physical and human geography, social sciences – the laboratory is ‘out there’ in the world, uncontrolled, even uncontrollable. In the human sciences, field sites are even occupied by human agents who would normally be excluded from a laboratory space, but whose presence in a field area could be just as directly and indirectly ...

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