MCOP 592: Knowledge Controversies Reading Material

August 24- In science we trust?

What Surveys Do & Don't Tell us About Trust in Science - Cary Funk

Pew Research Center for the People & The Press. 2009.  Scientists, Politics and Religion. In: Scientific Achievements Less Prominent Than a Decade Ago.

Jasanoff, S. 2003. Technologies of Humility: Citizen participation in governing science. Minerva. 41: 223-244.

Lots more

August 31- Where does science come from?

Sarewtz, Daniel. 2003.  Does Science Policy Exist, and If So, Does it Matter?: Some Observations on the U.S. R&D Budget.  Discussion Paper for Earth Institute Science, Technology, and Global Development Seminar. April 8.

Fisher, Mischa. 2013.  The Republican Party Isn’t Really the Anti-Science Party.  The Atlantic. November 11.

Pielke, R. Basic Research as a Political Symbol. Minerva. 50(3): 339- 361.

Godin, B. The Linear Model of Innovation: The Historical Construction of an Analytical Framework. Science, Technology and Human Values. 31(6): xxx-xxx.

September 7- Knowledge as a social process

Latour. B. 1985. Science in Action Introduction.

Rayner, S. 2012. Uncomfortable Knowledge: The social construction of ignorance in science and environmental policy discourses. Economy and Society. 41: 107-125.

Rekdal, O. B. Academic urban legends. Social Studies of Science. 44(4): 638-654.


September 14- Coproduction of knowledge

Jasanoff, S. 2004. Ordering Knowledge, Ordering Society. In States of Knowledge: the Co-Production of Science and the Social Order.

Gieryn, T. 1983. Boundary-Work and the Demarcation of Science from Non-Science: Strains and Interests in Professional Ideologies of Scientists. American Sociological Review. 48(6): 781-795

Sprujit et al. 2014. Roles of scientists as policy advisers on complex issues: A literature review. Environmental Science & Policy. 40: 16-25.

September 21- Guest Speaker, Ed Arb

September 28- Science in politics, policy and democracy (pick 3-4 for weekly essay)

Sarewitz, Daniel. 2004.  How environmental science makes environmental controversies worse. Environmental Science & Policy. 7:385-403.

Barry, A. 2012. Political situations: knowledge controversies in transnational governance. Critical Policy Studies. 6(3): 324- 336.

Whatmore, S. J. 2009. Mapping knowledge controversies: science, democracy and the redistribution of expertise. Progress in Human Geography. 33(5): 587- 598.

Hulme, M. and Mahoney, M. 2010: Climate change: What do we know about the IPCC?  Progress in Physical Geography. 34(5): 705-718.

Maderson, S. and Wynne- Jones, S. 2016. Beekeepers’ knowledges and participation in pollinator conservation policy. Journal of Rural Studies. 45: 88-98.

Vogel, C. et al. 2007. Linking vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience science to practice: Pathways, players, and partnershipsGlobal Environmental Change. 17(3-4): 349-364.

Knowledge Controversy Example

All dates below, TBD by group

October 5- Group Material

October 12- Group Material

October 19- Group Material

October 26- Group Material

November 2- Group Material

November 9- Group Material

November 16- Group Material

November 23- No Classes, Thanksgiving


November 30- Last Class Day

Final Project Due