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Unruly Complexity Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement

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ISBN-10: 0226790363

ISBN-13: 9780226790367

Edition: 2005

Authors: Peter J. Taylor

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'Unruly Complexity' makes a strong case that if research is to be successfully implemented in the public discourse, researchers and the public alike must consider the larger web of interactions that influences how scientific knowledge is created and used.
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Modeling Ecological Complexity
Problems of Boundedness in Modeling Ecological Systems
The Construction of Complexity
The Hidden Complexity of Simple Models
Open Sites in Model Building
Interpreting Ecological Modelers in Their Complex Social Context
Metaphors and Allegory in the Origins of Systems Ecology
Social-Personal-Scientific Correlations in the Work of H. T. Odum: A First Reading
Another Look: Diagrams and Physical Analogies
Reconstructing Heterogeneous Webs in Socio-Environmental Research
The Simulated Future of a Salt-Affected Agricultural Region
An Intersection of Domains of Action that Include MIT, USAID, System Dynamics Modelers, and Nomadic Pastoralists
Engaging Reflexively Within Ecological, Scientific, and Social Complexity
Reflecting on Researchers' Diverse Resources
Further Intersections that Affect Researchers and Interpreters Extending Their Webs
Workshops in which Ecologists Map Their Webs of Knowledge-Making
Two Terms that Help Researchers Conceptualize More Complexity
Reasoned Understandings and Social Change in Research on Common Resources: Introducing a Framework to Keep Tensions Active, Productive, and Ever-Present
Researchers Conduct a Dialogue, Involving Concepts and Evidence, with the Situations Studied
Socially Situated Researchers Interact with Other Social Agents to Establish What Counts as Knowledge
Researchers Pursue Social Change by Addressing Self-Consciously the Complexities of the Situations They Study and Their Own Social Situadness
Epilogue: Three Stories
Participation
Flexible Engagement
Open Questions Summary of Themes and Questions Opened Up
Glossary
Notes
References
Index