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Molecular detector (non)technology in Mexico

Reyes Galindo, Luis 2017. Molecular detector (non)technology in Mexico. Science, Technology & Human Values 42 (1) , pp. 86-115. 10.1177/0162243916664993

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This paper discusses the introduction of fraudulent “molecular detector” (non)technology into Mexico. The case is used to argue that contemporary science and technology studies’ approaches to scientific policy-making make basic assumptions about the societies they operate in that are inconsistent with the Mexican context. This paper also argues that contrary to what happens in the so-called Global North, the relative power of Mexican science in government and policy circles is as much limited by its relatively weak position as much as it is by self-censorship and unrealized impact in the country’s fragile democracy. The case is also used to highlight the necessity for more politically involved scientific institutions in Mexico, as these become critical safeguards against incoming destabilizing technologies from more powerful nations into the local “peripheral” context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: engagement, intervention, expertise, justice, inequality, protest, politics, power, governance
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0162-2439
Funders: British Academy
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 22 August 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 03:26

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