Misunderstanding Science?: The Public Reconstruction of Science and Technology

Misunderstanding Science?: The Public Reconstruction of Science and Technology

by Alan Irwin
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521525206
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Misunderstood misunderstandings: social identities and public uptake of science19
2Science and Hell's kitchen: the local understanding of hazard issues47
3Disembodied knowledge? Making sense of medical science65
4Now you see it, now you don't: mediating science and managing uncertainty in reproductive medicine84
5Ignoring science: discourses of ignorance in the public understanding of science107
6Insiders and outsiders: identifying experts on home ground126
7Authorising science: public understanding of science in museums152
8Nature's advocates: putting science to work in environmental organisations172
9Proteins, plants, and currents: rediscovering science in Britain191
Conclusions213
Notes on contributors222
Select bibliography226
Index230

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