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Exploring Science Communication | A Science and Technology Studies Approach

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Exploring Science Communication. A Science and Technology Studies Approach. Edited by
Ulrike Felt  and Sarah R. Davies. March 2020. Sage Publications.

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.



  • Chapter 1. Introduction  

Part I – STS Concepts and Sensitivities

  • Chapter 2. Conceptual Framings: STS Research for Science Communication
  • Chapter 3. What does an STS approach to Science Communication Look Like?  

Part II – Mobilizing STS Concepts and Sensitivities: The Case Studies

  • Chapter 4. Object Biographies: The Life of a Hacked Gene Gun
  • Chapter 5. Public Science and Public Space: Communicating Ecologies through Landscape Design
  • Chapter 6. Visual Climate Communication: Making Facts and Concerns in Popular Science Magazines
  • Chapter 7. Public Health Communication: Anecdotal Evidence and Responsibility in Print Media Accounts of Obesity 
  • Chapter 8. Constructing Science in Public: Framing Synthetic Yeast in News Media  Marsh, Oliver
  • Chapter 9. Science, Emotion, and Identity Online: Constructing Science and Selves on “I Fucking Love Science”
  • Chapter 10. Coproducing Knowledge and Nation States: Nutrition Communication and the making of Citizens
  • Chapter 11. Communicating Forensic Genetics: "Enthusiastic" Publics and the Management of Expectations  

Part III – Concluding Thoughts

  • Chapter 12. Connections, Assemblages, and Open Ends



"Exploring Science Communication" brilliantly demonstrates how Science Communication can be enhanced and elaborated through an engagement with Science and Technology Studies. Analytically and empirically, the volume traces the complex roles of Science Communication in the making and doing of science, publics and politics. Essential reading for both analysts and practitioners - Mike Michael, University of Exeter

Science communication emerges as much more than getting new knowledge ‘out’ to larger society. Through a series of insightful contributions, science communication is revealed as shaping both science and society, re-imagining our socio-technical futures and creating narratives of governance, responsibility and change. Seen from an STS perspective, science communication ‘matters’ in important, challenging and unexpected ways - Alan Irwin, Copenhagen Business School


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