Misunderstanding Science?: The Public Reconstruction of Science and Technologyby Alan Irwin
Pub. Date: 03/29/1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Misunderstanding Science offers a challenging new perspective on the nature of modern science and its relationship with the public. As such, it contributes to the currently-heated discussion over the public understanding of science. Based on several case-studies,it shows how many of the problems in the public uptake of science are not so much about the public's lack of capability as about the insensitivity of scientific institutions and their inability to recognise their own assumptions and commitments.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Alan Irwin and Brian Wynne; 1. Misunderstood misunderstandings: social identities and the public uptake of science Brian Wynne; 2. Science and hell's kitchen: the local understanding of hazard issues Alan Irwin, Alison Dale and Denis Smith; 3. Authorising science: public understanding of science in museums Sharon Macdonald; 4. Disembodied knowledge? Making sense of medical science Helen Lambert and Hilary Rose; 5. Now you see it, now you don't: mediating science and managing uncertainty in reproductive medicine Frances Price; 6. Knowing ignorance and ignoring knowledge: discourses of ignorance in the public understanding of science Mike Michael; 7. Insiders and outsiders: identifying experts on home ground Rosemary McKechnie; 8. Nature's advocates: on putting science to work in environmental organisations Steven Yearley.
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