New Politics of Science

ISBN-10: 0226147630

ISBN-13: 9780226147635

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: David Dickson

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How science "gets done" in today's world has profound political repercussions, since scientific knowledge, through its technical applications, has become an important source of both economic and military power. The increasing dependence of scientific research on funding from business and the military has made questions about the access to and control of scientific knowledge a central issue in today's politics of science. In The New Politics of Science, David Dickson points out that "the scientific community has its own internal power structures, its elites, its hierarchies, its ideologies, its sanctioned norms of social behavior, and its dissenting groups. And the more that science, as a social practice, forms an integral part of the economic structures of the society in which it is imbedded, the more the boundaries and differences between the two dissolve. Groups inside the scientific community, for example, will use groups outside the community--and vice versa--to achieve their own political ends." In this edition, Dickson has included a new preface commenting on the continuing and increasing influence of industrial and defense interests on American scientific research in the 1980s.
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List price: $27.50
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/26/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface, 1988
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Figure 1: Post-World War II Funding of Science in the United States
The New Politics of Science Figure 2: The Organization of U.S. Science
Universities and Industry: Knowledge as Commodity
Science and the Military: Knowledge as Power
Science and Foreign Policy: Knowledge as Imperialism
Science and Society: Public Participation vs. Democratic Control
Regulating Technology: Science as Legitimation
Toward a Democratic Strategy for Science Source
Notes
Glossary of Acronyms
Index
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