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Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce
     

Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce

by Daniel Lee Kleinman
 

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

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.

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:
NOOK Book
Pages:
205
File size:
498 KB

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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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