Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce [NOOK Book]

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How are the worlds of university biology and commerce blurring? Many university leaders see the amalgamation of academic and commercial cultures as crucial to the future vitality of higher education in the United States. In Impure Cultures, Daniel Lee Kleinman questions the effect of this blending on the character of academic science.

Using data he gathered as an ethnographic observer in a plant pathology lab at the University of ...

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Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce

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Overview

How are the worlds of university biology and commerce blurring? Many university leaders see the amalgamation of academic and commercial cultures as crucial to the future vitality of higher education in the United States. In Impure Cultures, Daniel Lee Kleinman questions the effect of this blending on the character of academic science.

Using data he gathered as an ethnographic observer in a plant pathology lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Kleinman examines the infinite and inescapable influence of the commercial world on biology in academia today. Contrary to much of the existing literature and common policy practices, he argues that the direct and explicit relations between university scientists and industrial concerns are not the gravest threat to academic research. Rather, Kleinman points to the less direct, but more deeply-rooted effects of commercial factors on the practice of university biology. He shows that to truly understand research done at universities today, it is first necessary to explore the systematic, pervasive, and indirect effects of the commercial world on contemporary academic practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299192334
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Series: Science and Technology in Society
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 205
  • File size: 487 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel Lee Kleinman is associate professor in the department of rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of Politics on the Endless Frontier and editor of Science, Technology, and Democracy.
 

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Table of Contents



<table of contents, p. v/vii/ix>
Table of Contents
Preface 000
Acknowledgments 000
1. Impure Cultures 000
2. Traversing the Conceptual Terrain 000
3. Braided Path: The Intertwined Development of Biocontrol Research and Agro-Industry 000
4. (Un)intended Consequences: Commercially Produced Research Materials and the Transformation of University Biology 000
5. Owning Science: Intellectual Property and Laboratory Life 000
6. It Takes More than a Laboratory to Raise the World 000
Afterword 000
Notes 000
Bibliography 000
Index 000


Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Biology Research Economic aspects, Education, Higher Economic aspects, Academic-industrial collaboration
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