By Meinolf Dierkes, Claudia von Grote
'This is a welcome publication. the problems of public realizing of technology open many questions. What does "understanding" suggest? How does realizing translate into attitudes in the direction of technology and belief in scientists? what's the function of the mass media? The essays during this booklet make clear such questions bringing insights from numerous disciplines. they assist to outline a significant learn time table for the longer term. - Professor Dorothy Nelkin, manhattan college
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See Gross, Levitt, and Lewis (1996). ) (Wynne, 1995). Although I, too, accept the need to question the meaning of each component of the public understanding of science, my more central concern is with the political relationships that shape or constrain the capacity of citizens in liberal democracies to develop a critical awareness of science. This manner of looking at the public understanding of science throws into relief the features of political culture, such as constitutional divisions of state power or norms of citizen participation, that influence people’s access to science, their readiness to mobilize scientific resources for political objectives, and, in turn, the material and symbolic currencies with which science purchases its authority in the public domain.
Why did some scientists feel it necessary from the very beginning of modern science to spread their knowledge beyond institutional boundaries? At least three aspects are relevant. First, by moving to the public arena of communication and leaving the core of the science system, which is rather formal about what should be dealt with and how, scientists gained latitude for creativity. Highly controversial or speculative topics could be discussed there far more easily than would have been possible through normal channels within the science system.
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Between Understanding and Trust: The Public, Science and Technology by Meinolf Dierkes, Claudia von Grote