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Chapter 17: Public Understanding of Science
Public Understanding of Science
PUBLIC understanding of science (PUS) is a wide and ill-defined area involving several different disciplinary perspectives. Although no coherent paradigm has gained sovereignty over this area, a dominant political paradigm exists that shapes a particular framing of the “the PUS problem.” Vague though powerful concerns about “public understanding of science” have been woven into ideological programs of various kinds ever since science entered public discourse. A common thread has been anxiety among social elites about maintaining social control via public assimilation of “the natural order” as revealed by science. On a wider front, this anxiety is reflected in repeated laments about the so-called failure of traditional Third World societies to absorb Western “scientific” programs and their founding ...