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Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation, and the Remaking of Knowledge

Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation, and the Remaking of Knowledge

by Sabrina McCormick
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Mobilizing Science theoretically and empirically explores the rise of a new kind of social movement-one that attempts to empower citizens through the use of scientific research. Sabrina McCormick advances theories of social movements, development, and science and technology studies by examining how these fields intersect in cases around the globe.

McCormick grounds her argument in two very different case studies: the anti-dam movement in Brazil and the environmental breast cancer prevention movement in the U.S. These, and many other cases, show that the scientization of society, where expert knowledge shapes institutions and lay people are marginalized, gives rise to these new types of movements. Activists who engage in science often instigate new methods that result in surprising findings and innovative scientific tools; however, these movements still often fail due to superficial participatory institutions and tightly knit corporate/government relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439900093
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sabrina McCormick is Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy & Sociology, Michigan State University. She is the author of No Family History: Finding the Environmental Links to Breast Cancer.

Table of Contents

1. Democratizing Science Movements: Conditions for Success and Failure 
2. The Environmental Breast Cancer Movement and the Scientific Basis for Contestation 
3. Dam Impacts and Anti-dam Protest 
4. Government Institutions and Corporate Interests: Instigating Movement Challenge 
5. Democratizing Science 
6. Democratizing Science as a Mechanismof Co-optation 
7. Long- Term Struggles and Uncertain Futures 
8. A Case for Making Science Accountable 

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