Becoming a Scientist in Mexico: The Challenge of Creating a Scientific Community in an Underdeveloped Country available in Paperback
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- Penn State University Press
A program to train students in biomedical research was launches at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the early 1980s as an experiment in providing the conditions necessary for fostering the growth of a scientific community in Mexico, where teaching and research have hitherto been institutionally separated. The authors, drawing on the methods and insights of anthropology, psychology, and sociology, observed the process through which the first two cohorts of students went in their training to become research scientists, in interaction with both their professors and their peers.
What this study show is that, while the learning of specialized knowledge and techniques are necessary for becoming a scientist, they are not sufficient: the role of beliefs and values is crucial. The authors therefore focus attention on the ethos of science, the ideal model underlying the process of socialization-how it was transmitted to the students and how they assimilated it.
Their findings will be of interest to all scholars studying the relationships of science, technology, and society, especially those concerned about the special challenges underdeveloped countries face in integrating themselves into the worldwide scientific community.
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About the Author
Jacqueline Fortes is a social psychologist who is currently President of the Institute of the Family in Mexico City.
Larissa Adler Lomnitz is an anthropologist who is affiliated with the Institute of Applied Mathematics at UNAM and is co-author of A Mexican Family, 1820–1980: Kinship, Class, and Culture (1988).