Re-Thinking Science: Knowledge and the Public in an Age of Uncertainty / Edition 1

Re-Thinking Science: Knowledge and the Public in an Age of Uncertainty / Edition 1

by Helga Nowotny, Peter Scott, Michael Gibbons
     
 

Re-Thinking Science presents an account of the dynamic relationship between society and science. Despite the mounting evidence of a much closer, interactive relationship between society and science, current debate still seems to turn on the need to maintain a 'line' to demarcate them. The view persists that there is a one-way communication flow from science

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Re-Thinking Science presents an account of the dynamic relationship between society and science. Despite the mounting evidence of a much closer, interactive relationship between society and science, current debate still seems to turn on the need to maintain a 'line' to demarcate them. The view persists that there is a one-way communication flow from science to society - with scant attention given to the ways in which society communicates with science.

The authors argue that changes in society now make such communications both more likely and more numerous, and that this is transforming science not only in its research practices and the institutions that support it but also deep in its epistemological core. To explain these changes, Nowotny, Scott and Gibbons have developed an open, dynamic framework for re-thinking science.

The authors conclude that the line which formerly demarcated society from science is regularly transgressed and that the resulting closer interaction of science and society signals the emergence of a new kind of science: contextualized or context-sensitive science. The co-evolution between society and science requires a more or less complete re-thinking of the basis on which a new social contract between science and society might be constructed. In their discussion the authors present some of the elements that would comprise this new social contract.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745626079
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/09/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Transformation of Society1
2Beyond Modernity - Breaching the Frontiers21
3The Co-Evolution of Society and Science30
4The Context Speaks Back50
5The Transformation of Knowledge Institutions66
6The Role of Universities in Knowledge Production79
7How Does Contextualization Happen?96
8Weakly Contextualized Knowledge121
9Strongly Contextualized Knowledge131
10Contextualization of the Middle Range143
11From Reliable Knowledge to Socially Robust Knowledge166
12The Epistemological Core179
13Science Moves into the Agora201
14Socially Distributed Expertise215
15Re-Visioning Science230
16Re-Thinking Science is not Science Re-Thought245
References263
Index270

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