Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge

Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge


By (author) Alan Irwin, By (author) Mike Michael


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  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 12mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335209475
  • ISBN 13: 9780335209477
  • Sales rank: 1,053,846

Product description

How 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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Author information

Alan Irwin is based at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Mike Michael is based at the University of Liverpool.

Table of contents

Preface Introducing theory, context and practice The public understanding of science and technology from cognition to context Science and public policy from government to governance Social theory and science Re-conceptualising science, society and governance Ethno-epistemic assemblages heterogeneity and relationality in scientific citizenship Politics and method governing the assemblage, unearthing the rhizome Conclusion Index.