Is Science Socially Constructed–And Can It Still Inform Public Policy

TitleIs Science Socially Constructed–And Can It Still Inform Public Policy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsJasanoff, S
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume2
Pagination263-276
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThis article examines the idea that science is socially constructed, and discusses some frequent misunderstandings surrounding this concept. The author describes Tseveral features of scientific inquiry that have been usefully illuminated by constructivist studies of science, including the mundane or tacit skills involved in research, the social relationships in scientific laboratories, the causes of scientific controversy, and the interconnection of science and culture. The author argues that social construction, should be seen as an enhancement of scientists' own professional understanding of how science is done.
NotesCover Date: July 1996.Source Info: 2(3), 263-276. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 31-2. Subject: PUBLIC POLICY; RESEARCH; SCIENCE; SOCIETY. Update Code: 20090226.
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