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 3: What Does an STS Approach to Science Communication Look Like?
What Does an STS Approach to Science Communication Look Like?
The previous chapter was centrally concerned with unfolding how STS could contribute to the analysis of science communication, as well as how it is carried out. It highlighted the importance of thinking of science communication in co-productive terms, that is, looking at how knowledge, people, and society are made in one and the same move. This approach invites a move away from a purely representational perspective to being attentive to the performative character of any science communication effort. We have stressed the importance of considering the multiplicity of knowing spaces (Law 2017), which leads to heightened attention not only to the places where knowledge ...