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The evolution of public understanding of science - discourse and comparative evidence

Bauer, Martin W. (2009) The evolution of public understanding of science - discourse and comparative evidence. Science, Technology and Society, 14 (2). pp. 221-240. ISSN 0971-7218

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Public Understanding of Science (PUS) is a field of activity and an area of social research. The evolution of this field comprises both the changing discourse and the substantive evidence of a changing public understanding.1 In the first part, I will present a short account on how the discourse of PUS moved from Literacy, via PUS, to Science-in-Society. This is less a story of progress, but one of false polemics and the multiplication of concerns. In the second part, I will show some empirical evidence on how PUS has changed by drawing on mass media data and large scale comparative survey evidence. I conclude by stressing that the Science-Society relationship is variable both in distance between science and the wider society and in the quality of this relationship.

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Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Methodology
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Methodology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009 20:36
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:41

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