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Another science for another world?: Science and genomics at the London Social Forum

Welsh, Ian, Plows, Alexandra and Evans, Robert 2004. Another science for another world?: Science and genomics at the London Social Forum. [Working Paper]. School of Social Sciences Working Papers Series, vol. 70. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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The 3rd meeting of the European Social Forum was held in London during October 2004 with a broad ranging formal agenda and a penumbra of affiliated workshops and cultural activities. This paper focuses upon a range of sessions dealing with science in general and the sciences of human genetics in particular. Through participant observation this paper details the representations of science by ESF actors, their use of the ESF as a ‘convergence space’ for global activist network interaction and the various ways in which participants sought to create a more socially responsible and accountable science. Drawing on observations of, and participation in, these sessions we describe how scientific knowledge and practices were portrayed in the context of neo-liberal market relations by both ‘producers’ and ‘consumers’ of techno-science. The concluding section considers the implications of (re)negotiating scientific and social orders within such open network spaces. It is argued that ‘broad and shallow’ and ‘narrow and deep’ approaches towards public understanding of science need to be supplemented by the ‘broad and diverse’ processes typifying the forum milieu.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:53

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