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Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

by Robert Proctor, Londa Schiebinger


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804756525
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 06/02/2008
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert N. Proctor is Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and the author of The Nazi War on Cancer (1999) and Cancer Wars: How Politics Shapes What We Know and Don't Know (1995). Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science and the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her recent books include Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (2004) and Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (forthcoming from Stanford).

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Agnotology: A Missing Term to Describe the Cultural Production of Ignorance (and Its Study)   Robert N. Proctor     1
Secrecy, Selection, and Suppression
Removing Knowledge: The Logic of Modern Censorship   Peter Galison     37
Challenging Knowledge: How Climate Science Became a Victim of the Cold War   Naomi Oreskes   Erik M. Conway     55
Manufactured Uncertainty: Contested Science and the Protection of the Public's Health and Environment   David Michaels     90
Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance   Nancy Tuana     108
Lost Knowledge, Lost Worlds
West Indian Abortifacients and the Making of Ignorance   Londa Schiebinger     149
Suppression of Indigenous Fossil Knowledge: From Claverack, New York, 1705 to Agate Springs, Nebraska, 2005   Adrienne Mayor     163
Mapping Ignorance in Archaeology: The Advantages of Historical Hindsight   Alison Wylie     183
Theorizing Ignorance
Social Theories of Ignorance   Michael J. Smithson     209
White Ignorance   Charles W. Mills     230
Risk Management versus the Precautionary Principle: Agnotology as a Strategy in the Debate over Genetically Engineered Organisms   David Magnus     250
Smoking Out Objectivity: Journalistic Gears in the Agnotology Machine   Jon Christensen     266
List of Contributors     283
Index     289

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