Rapid advances and new technologies in the life sciences - such as biotechnologies in health, agricultural and environmental arenas - pose a range of pressing challenges to questions of citizenship. This volume brings together for the first time authors from diverse experiences and analytical traditions, encouraging a conversation between science and technology and development studies around issues of science, citizenship and globalisation. It reflects on the nature of expertise; the framing of knowledge; processes of public engagement; and issues of rights, justice and democracy. A wide variety of pressing issues is explored, such as medical genetics, agricultural biotechnology, occupational health and HIV/AIDS. Drawing upon rich case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, Science and Citizens asks: * Do new perspectives on science, expertise and citizenship emerge from comparing cases across different issues and settings? * What difference does globalisation make? * What does this tell us about approaches to risk, regulation and public participation? * How might the notion of `cognitive justice` help to further debate and practice?
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm
'The global scope of the case-studies, and of its theoretical and normative perspectives is particularly novel and a uniquely valuable contribution to some of the world's most pressing issues.' Ulrich Beck, University of Munich 'This volume is a unique blend of two, hitherto separate, streams of work - science and technology studies and development studies.' Steve Rayner, University of Oxford 'The overall admirable aim of the book, consisting of provocative and well-written essays, is to bring together modern work in science studies and disciplines devoted to investigating global and national development.' Christopher Lawrence, UCL 'Makes a major contribution to debates about the relationship between science and society.' Bulletin of the Food Ethics Council '[Highlighting] the politics in science and how science has in the past been used by the establishment to consolidate its power...the book is an example of what a genuine ideological and intellectual commitment to the philosophy of participation can produce.' Development and Change
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