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Exploring Science Communication

Exploring Science Communication
A Science and Technology Studies Approach

Edited by:
  • Ulrike Felt - Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Sarah R. Davies - University of Vienna, Austria

February 2020 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Exploring Science Communication demonstrates how science and technology studies approaches can be explicitly integrated into effective, powerful science communication research. Through a range of case studies, from climate change and public parks to Facebook, museums, and media coverage, it helps you to understand and analyse the complex and diverse ways science and society relate in today’s knowledge intensive environments. Notable features include:

  • A focus on showing how to bring academic STS theory into your own science communication research
  • Coverage of a range of topics and case studies illustrating different analyses and approaches
  • Speaks to disciplines across Media & Communication, Science & Technology Studies, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences and related areas.

With this book you will learn how science communication can be more than just about disseminating facts to the public, but actually generative, leading to new understanding, research, and practices.

Chapter 1. Introduction
Part I – STS Concepts and Sensitivities
Chapter 2. Conceptual Framings: STS Research for Science Communication
Chapter 3. What does an STS approach to Science Communication Look Like?
Part II – Mobilizing STS Concepts and Sensitivities: The Case Studies
Tybjerg, Karin; Whiteley, Louise; Davies, Sarah R.
Chapter 4. Object Biographies: The Life of a Hacked Gene Gun
Owens, Marcus
Chapter 5. Public Science and Public Space: Communicating Ecologies through Landscape Design
Born, Dorothea
Chapter 6. Visual Climate Communication: Making Facts and Concerns in Popular Science Magazines
Felt, Ulrike
Chapter 7. Public Health Communication: Anecdotal Evidence and Responsibility in Print Media Accounts of Obesity
Szymanski, Erika
Chapter 8. Constructing Science in Public: Framing Synthetic Yeast in News Media
Marsh, Oliver
Chapter 9. Science, Emotion, and Identity Online: Constructing Science and Selves on “I Fucking Love Science”
Ben Shachar, Teharlev Erela; Davidovitch, Nadav
Chapter 10. Coproducing Knowledge and Nation States: Nutrition Communication and the making of Citizens
Amelung, Nina; Granja, Rafaela; Machado, Helena
Chapter 11. Communicating Forensic Genetics: "Enthusiastic" Publics and the Management of Expectations
Part III – Concluding Thoughts
Chapter 12. Connections, Assemblages, and Open Ends

Exploring Science Communication brilliantly demonstrates how Science Communication can be enhanced and elaborated through an engagement with Science and Technology Studies. Analytically and empirically, the volume traces the complex roles of Science Communication in the making and doing of science, publics and politics. Essential reading for both analysts and practitioners.  

Mike Michael
University of Exeter

Science communication emerges as much more than getting new knowledge ‘out’ to larger society. Through a series of insightful contributions, science communication is revealed as shaping both science and society, re-imagining our socio-technical futures and creating narratives of governance, responsibility and change. Seen from an STS perspective, science communication ‘matters’ in important, challenging and unexpected ways.

Alan Irwin
Copenhagen Business School

an excellent textbook that fills a gaps for students at all levels

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
March 22, 2020

Good material for class discussion and a useful text for students undertaking research projects.

Dr Ken Boyle
School of Spatial Planning, Technological University Dublin
October 13, 2020

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