Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge
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Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge by Alan Irwin
Book DescriptionHow might social theory, public understanding of science and science policy best inform one another? What have been the key features of science-society relations in the modern world? How are we to re-think science-society relations in the context of globalization, hybridity and changing patterns of governance? This topical and unique book draws together the three key perspectives on science-society relations: public understanding of science, scientific and public governance, and social theory. The book presents a series of case studies (including the debates on genetically modified foods and the AIDS movement in the USA) to discuss critically the ways in which social theorists, social scientists, and science policy makers deal with science-society relations.'Science' and 'society' combine in many complex ways. Concepts such as citizenship, expertise, governance, democracy and the public need to be re-thought in the context of contemporary concerns with globalization and hybridity. A radical new approach is developed and the notion of ethno-epistemic assemblage is used to articulate a new series of questions for the theorization, empirical study and politics of science-society relations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780335209477
(90mm x 60mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Sociology and the Environment, Hardback (April 2001)
Can sociology help us to tackle environmental problems? What can sociology tell us about the nature of the environment and about the origins and consequences of environmental risks, hazards and change? In this important new book Alan Irwin maps out this emerging field of knowledge, teaching and research.
Citizen Science, Hardback (October 1995)» View all books by Alan Irwin
The relationship between scientific understanding and the different ways in which people "make sense" of environmental concerns is documented in this guide. The existence of more "contextual" forms of knowledge and understanding in relation to environmental policy is examined.
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Author Biography - Alan Irwin
Alan Irwin is based at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Mike Michael is based at the University of Liverpool.
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