Just because I thought about it while taking a break from writing on PIM and GTD – a quote from Communities of practice: Learning, meaning and identity by Etienne Wenger that explains in a very nice way the troubles I have with finding confidence while trying to bridge multiple research practices (bold is mine).
Tags: community straddling, cross-cultural, PhD
Uprootedness is an occupational hazard of brokering. Because communities of practices focus on their own enterprise, boundaries can lack the kind of negotiated understanding found at the core of practices about what constitutes competence. That makes it difficult to recognize or access the value of brokering. As a consequence, brokers sometimes interpret the uprootedness associated with brokering in personal terms of individual adequacy. Reinterpreting their experience in terms of the occupational hazards of brokering is useful both for them and for the communities involved. It can also allow brokers to recognize one another, seek companionship, and perhaps develop shared practices around the enterprise of brokering. [p.100]