Contested Knowledge

Contested Knowledge (Hardcover)

By Shiju Sam Varughese 
Publisher: OUP India
Edition: Hardcover
Edition Number: 1
Language: English
ISBN: 0199469121
EAN: 9780199469123
No. of Pages: 308
Publish Date: 2016-12-30
Binding: Hardcover
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About The Book

Science communication, once the exclusive preserve of a scientific elite, has not been immune to the growing influence of mass media over society. As mass media becomes the most prominent site of public deliberation over science, multiple voices-both expert and non-expert-have begun to emerge, rewriting the social contract of science.

In the new millennium, the Indian state of Kerala saw a number of scientific controversies being discussed in the regional newspapers. Set against the backdrop of case studies of three major public controversies, Contested Knowledge explores how these mediated disputes brought the otherwise hidden dynamics of scientific knowledge production into full public view. It examines critical questions about 'medialized science', such as: What is a scientific-citizenry? How did a 'scientific public sphere' develop in Kerala? How does public contestation of knowledge contribute to deliberative democracy by re-instilling politics into science? Are there limits to such a democratization of science?

A fascinating commentary on the relation between science and society, this volume is a pioneering work that analyses the science-media-public interaction in a non-Western context.

About The Author

Shiju Sam Varughese is Assistant Professor, Centre for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India. His research is in the field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Studies. He is particularly interested in media and science communication, public engagement with science and technology, social history of knowledge, cultural studies of science and technology, and regional modernities in South Asia. He has edited (with Satheese Chandra Bose) Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition (2015).

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Title: Contested Knowledge
Publisher: OUP India
Author: Shiju Sam Varughese
Edition: Hardcover
Edition Number: 1
Language: English
ISBN: 0199469121
EAN: 9780199469123
No. of Pages: 308
Publish Date: 2016-12-30
Binding: Hardcover

Contested Knowledge Review

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Contested Knowledge is an excellent read for social scientists, scientists and media practitioners: the book opens up a new world of interactions between modern science, mass media and everyday politics in Kerala, one of the southern states of India. The central argument of the book is about mediatisation of science and its strong impact on scientific knowledge production and democratisation of science and society. The author meticulously argues out how public deliberations over science get enacted in the 'scientific public sphere' constituted by the regional newspapers since the 1990s; he suggests this as a major shift in the public's critical understanding of science and technology in the region. Before 1990s, Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishat (KSSP), which is the largest people's science movement in South Asia, was the site of public engagement with science. The emergence of a new institional alliance between science, politics and media in the region has radically changed the scenario. The book further argues the generartion of a mediated 'scientific-citizen public' which is the dominant form of public. He further argues how this dominant form of the public has overpowered other categories of publics. The book is captivating in its arguments and exciting in the narration of the case studies. The book is accessible to a large spectrum of readers, from the general readers who are interested in South Asia/India/Kerala to journalists and scientists, apart from the informed scholars who work in the fields of sociology, history, political sciences, Science studies, and media studies. The book brings togther in dialogue some of the least researched fields in Social Sciences: sociology of science, sociology of media, and political sociology.


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