Proper names and the social construction of biography: The negative case of laboratory animals

  title={Proper names and the social construction of biography: The negative case of laboratory animals},
  author={M. T. Phillips},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
This paper analyzes patterns of naming in the practices of research scientists who work with laboratory animals. The study is based on field work done in 23 biomedical and behavioral research laboratories over a period of nearly three years, as part of a broader investigation into the meaning of laboratory animals for contemporary scientists. Naming is viewed as a social practice that creates meaning of a particular kind, that of narrative coherence, which forms the essence of biography. Since… Expand
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