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Chapter 20: The Environmental Challenge to Science Studies
The Environmental Challenge to Science Studies
Science Studies and the Rise of Environmental Issues
Scientific understanding of the environment and public debates over “green” issues have not figured prominently in the science studies literature to date. This is not to say that there have been no analyses of ecological science or of environmental controversies from the perspective of science studies; on the contrary, it is possible to identify numerous, high-quality—though generally unconnected—contributions (e.g., Collins, 1988; Cramer & van den Daele, 1985; Nelkin, 1977c; Worster, 1985; Wynne, 1982). Rather, it is to suggest that “science and the environmental movement” or “the greening of science” have not become as well established focal points of research interest in science studies as, for example, ...