Agnotology The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

ISBN-10: 0804759014
ISBN-13: 9780804759014
Edition: 2008
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166

What don't we know, and why don't we know it? What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? Agnotology—the study of ignorance—provides a new theoretical perspective to broaden traditional questions about "how we know" to ask: Why don't we know what we don't know? The essays assembled inAgnotologyshow that ignorance is often more than just an absence of knowledge; it can also be the outcome of cultural and political struggles. Ignorance has a history and a political geography, but there are also things people don't want you to know ("Doubt is our product" is the tobacco industry slogan). Individual chapters treat examples from the realms of global climate change, military secrecy, female orgasm, environmental denialism, Native American paleontology, theoretical archaeology, racial ignorance, and more. The goal of this volume is to better understand how and why various forms of knowing do not come to be, or have disappeared, or have become invisible.

Londa Schiebinger is John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science and Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University.

Giancarlo Succi is Professor of the Faculty of Computer Science and Director at the Center for Applied Software Engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.Robert N. Proctoris Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University and author ofCancer Wars, Racial Hygiene, andThe Nazi War on CancerHe is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Preface
Agnotology: A Missing Term to Describe the Cultural Production of Ignorance (and Its Study)
Secrecy, Selection, and Suppression
Removing Knowledge: The Logic of Modern Censorship
Challenging Knowledge: How Climate Science Became a Victim of the Cold War
Manufactured Uncertainty: Contested Science and the Protection of the Public's Health and Environment
Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance
Lost Knowledge, Lost Worlds
West Indian Abortifacients and the Making of Ignorance
Suppression of Indigenous Fossil Knowledge: From Claverack, New York, 1705 to Agate Springs, Nebraska, 2005
Mapping Ignorance in Archaeology: The Advantages of Historical Hindsight
Theorizing Ignorance
Social Theories of Ignorance
White Ignorance
Risk Management versus the Precautionary Principle: Agnotology as a Strategy in the Debate over Genetically Engineered Organisms
Smoking Out Objectivity: Journalistic Gears in the Agnotology Machine
List of Contributors
Index

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