Doing Dialogue: Genre and Flexibility in Public Engagement with Science

TitleDoing Dialogue: Genre and Flexibility in Public Engagement with Science
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDavies, SR
JournalScience as Culture
Volume18
Issue4
Pagination397-416
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number09505431
Accession Number44746094
KeywordsDana , dialogue , ethnography , genre , Intellectual , PUBLIC , SCIENCE , Scientific
AbstractThis article looks at activities done at London's Dana Center around the area of public engagement with science, especially programs that engage the public and researchers in open dialogue about scientific topics. The author found that event framings are multiple, varying from lecture to open debate. Furthermore the genre of events is flexible, with participant involvement organised through the use of genres derived from education, talkshows and news interviewing as well as more traditional genres such as lectures. While it seems there is flexibility in the practice of these informal dialogue events, they are, however, not open to reinvention by all participants equally. The fluidity of practice observed may be due to the newness of these kinds of processes in most people's experiences.
NotesDavies, Sarah R. 1; Email Address: sarah.davies@durham.ac.uk; Affiliation: 1: Department of Geography, Durham University Science Site, Durham, UK; Source Info: Dec2009, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p397; Subject Term: SCIENCE -- Social aspects; Subject Term: PUBLIC relations; Subject Term: SCIENTIFIC community; Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL cooperation; Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL life; Author-Supplied Keyword: Dana Centre; Author-Supplied Keyword: dialogue; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethnography of speaking; Author-Supplied Keyword: genre; Author-Supplied Keyword: Public engagement; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541820 Public Relations Agencies; Number of Pages: 20p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/09505430902870591
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