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.

Object Biographies: The Life of a Hacked Gene Gun

Object Biographies: The Life of a Hacked Gene Gun
Karin Tybjerg Louise Whiteley Sarah R. Davies

Reflections and Connections

The core of this chapter – by Karin Tybjerg, Louise Whiteley, and Sarah Davies – follows a gene gun to a number of sites where it was meant to engage in communication with different audiences. We are thus invited to engage with the material practices of science communication and with the role objects can play in it. Tybjerg et al. use the notion of an object biography, a concept that nicely captures the fact that life (as told in a biography) is never simply out there but needs be ...

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