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Cultural Boundaries of Science: Credibility on the Line

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Why is science so credible? Usual answers center on scientists' objective methods or their powerful instruments. In his new book, Thomas Gieryn argues that a better explanation for the cultural authority of science lies downstream, when scientific claims leave laboratories and enter courtrooms, boardrooms, and living rooms. On such occasions, we use "maps" to decide who to believe—cultural maps demarcating "science" from pseudoscience, ideology, faith, or nonsense.

Gieryn looks at episodes of boundary-work: Was phrenology good science? How about cold fusion? Is social science really scientific? Is organic farming? After centuries of disputes like these, Gieryn finds no stable criteria that absolutely distinguish science from non-science. Science remains a pliable cultural space, flexibly reshaped to claim credibility for some beliefs while denying it to others. In a timely epilogue, Gieryn finds this same controversy at the heart of the raging "science wars."

About the Author

Thomas F. Gieryn is professor of sociology at Indiana University. He is the editor of three books, most recently of Theories of Science in Society.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Contesting Credibility Cartographically

1. John Tyndall's Double Boundary-Work: Science, Religion, and Mechanics in Victorian England

2. The U.S. Congress Demarcates Natural Science and Social Science (Twice)

3. May the Best Science Win: Competition for the Chair of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh, 1836

4. The (Cold) Fusion of Science, Mass Media, and Politics

5. Hybridizing Credibilities: Albert and Gabrielle Howard Compost Organic Waste, Science, and the Rest of Society

Epilogue: Home to Roost: "Science Wars" as Boundary-Work

Bibliography of Secondary Works

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226292625
Author:
Gieryn, Thomas F.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Geographical perception
Subject:
Science -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Science -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 1 map, 1 line drawing, 2 tab
Pages:
412
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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