Science on Stage: Expert Advice as Public Drama

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“A useful contribution to discussions of methodologies for examining the role of scientific experts in public policy debates.”—New Genetics and Society
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"A useful contribution to discussions of methodologies for examining the role of scientific experts in public policy debates."—New Genetics and Society
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Presents a study of the special process through which the credibility of expert advice is produced, challenged, and sustained. Analyzes science advice as a form of performance, examining how advisory bodies, especially the National Academy of Sciences, work to bring authoritative advice to the public stage. Reframes three specific controversies on diet and health, providing new insights into the social dimensions of scientific writing. The author teaches science and technology studies at Cornell University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804736466
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Writing Science
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Hilgartner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures xv
1. Introduction 3
Science Advice as Public Drama 5
The Academy Complex 20
The Reports on Diet and Health 27
The Chapters Ahead 40
2. Staging Authoritative Reports 42
Front Stage: Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer 43
Backstage: The NRC Process 54
Leaks and Unauthorized Performances: The 1985 Draft of the RDAs 70
Conclusions 83
3. Attacking Advisory Reports 86
Attacking Toward Healthful Diets 88
Attacking Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer 95
The Fate of the Reports 105
4. The Character of the National Academy of Sciences 113
The Public Debate over the Demise of the 1985 Draft 115
The Academy's Announcement: A Drama of Order 116
A Letter from the Chairman: A Play in Three Acts 117
The Kamin Letter 128
The Dramas Compared 135
The Chairman's Reply 141
Conclusions 144
5. Conclusion 146
Appendixes
A. The Academy Announcement 151
B. The Kamin Letter 155
Notes 159
Bibliography 185
Index 205
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