Toward a Democratic Science: Scientific Narration and Civic Communication

Toward a Democratic Science: Scientific Narration and Civic Communication

by Richard Harvey Brown, Richard H. Brown
     
 

In this book, a leading authority in the field of social theory and communication shows how scientific practice is a rhetorical and narrative activity, a story well told. Richard Harvey Brown develops the idea of science as narration, casts various scientific disciplines as literary genres, and argues that expert knowledge of any kind is a form of power. He then… See more details below

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In this book, a leading authority in the field of social theory and communication shows how scientific practice is a rhetorical and narrative activity, a story well told. Richard Harvey Brown develops the idea of science as narration, casts various scientific disciplines as literary genres, and argues that expert knowledge of any kind is a form of power. He then explains how a narrative view of science can help integrate science within a democratic civic discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300067071
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Scientific Knowledge, Rhetorical Criticism, and Civic Communication1
2Textuality, Social Science, and Society: Toward a Scientific Discourse for Civic Competence20
3Social Science and the Poetics of Public Truth40
4Science and Storytelling: Creating Truths through Narratives of Conversion64
5Narrative and Truth in Scientific Practice93
6Modern Science: Institutionalization of Knowledge and Rationalization of Power122
7Poetics, Politics, and Professionalization in the Rise of American Psychology153
8Toward a Field Theory of Knowledge/Power in Science and Civic Life174
9Democratic Science in Practice: The Experience of the Environmental Justice Movement193
10Science and Citizenship in a Technicist Culture214
Notes227
References235
Index279

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