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Misunderstanding Science?: The Public Reconstruction of Science and Technology

Edited By: Alan Irwin and Brian Wynne

232 pages, 2 tables, 3 maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2004 | #158293 | ISBN: 0521525209
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Hardback | Apr 1996 | #52280 | ISBN: 0521432685
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Wide-ranging analysis of public perceptions of science, including a chapter on science in museums and a chapter by Steven Yearley on science at work in environmental organisations.

'The case studies in Irwin and Wynne's volume ... contain several insights that scientists would find stimulating.' A. J. Meadows, Nature


Introduction Alan Irwin and Brian Wynne; 1. Misunderstood misunderstandings: social identities and the public uptake of science Brian Wynne; 2. Science and hell's kitchen: the local understanding of hazard issues Alan Irwin, Alison Dale and Denis Smith; 3. Authorising science: public understanding of science in museums Sharon Macdonald; 4. Disembodied knowledge Making sense of medical science Helen Lambert and Hilary Rose; 5. Now you see it, now you don't: mediating science and managing uncertainty in reproductive medicine Frances Price; 6. Knowing ignorance and ignoring knowledge: discourses of ignorance in the public understanding of science Mike Michael; 7. Insiders and outsiders: identifying experts on home ground Rosemary McKechnie; 8. Nature's advocates: on putting science to work in environmental organisations Steven Yearley.

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