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 2: Conceptual Framings: STS Research for Science Communication
Conceptual Framings: STS Research for Science Communication
This chapter introduces the STS-related conceptual frames we identify as key to studying and doing science communication. It discusses basic assumptions about the nature of knowledge, communication, and research, as well as how these are related to societal challenges. In Chapter 3 we will explore in more detail core sensitivities of STS and what they mean in practice, digging down into the details of how to mobilise them within research practice when analysing science communication. In this chapter we prepare for this by critically reflecting on the nature of communication and of knowledge through, in particular, the notions of co-production and knowing spaces. We also frame science communication as heterogeneous, ...