GIERYN CULTURAL BOUNDARIES OF SCIENCE PDF

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Why is science so credible? Usual answers centre on scientists' objective methods or their powerful instruments. This text argues that a better explanation for the cultural authority of science lies downstream, when scientific claims leave laboratories and enter courtrooms, boardrooms, and living rooms.

On such occasions, we use "maps" to decide who to believe - cultural maps demarcating "science" from pseudoscience, ideology, faith, or nonsense. Thomas F. Gieryn looks at episodes of boundary-work: Was phrenology good science? How about cold fusion? Is social science really scientific?

Is organic farming? After centuries of disputes like these, Gieryn finds no stable criteria that absolutely distinguish science from non-science. Science remains a pliable cultural space, flexibly reshaped to claim credibility for some beliefs while denying it to others.

In an epilogue, Gieryn finds this same controversy at the heart of the raging "science wars". Read more Read less. Amazon International Store International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions. Manufacturer warranty may not apply. Learn more about Amazon International Store. About the Author Thomas F. Gieryn is professor of sociology at Indiana University.

He is the editor of three books, most recently of Theories of Science in Society. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Gieryn's stated purpose in this book is to show how the notions of what science is like are flexible and changing, and provides several case studies where the "boundaries of science" were supposedly at issue.

These case studies are developed in a meticulous and careful manner. Nevertheless the case studies are never substantially interpreted to illustrate the book's thesis. No attempt is made to compare the approach of one view at a given time with another to speak of; merely the two sides at best are presented. This said, the cases are presented quite well and clearly as far as they go. Also, it should be noted that the epilogue where Gieryn discusses his take on the so called "Science War" is riddled with inaccuracies.

For example: he accuses the philosopher Mario Bunge of saying that feminists should be excluded from science. This is complete nonsense - as anyone who reads his remarks in context will see. Bunge was merely denouncing what could be called "radical feminists" who claim quantification is masculine, and so on: Sandra Harding, etc.

The article in question makes this clear. In modern cultures, science holds undisputed tenure over the adjudication of knowledge and pseudo-knowledge. Given its epistemological authority, it would seem that the demarcation of the scientific domain from less credible areas of knowledge would follow a universally defined set of criteria. In one particular case, for example, "scientific knowledge [was] empirical when contrasted with the metaphysics of religion, but it [was] theoretically abstract when contrasted with the commonsense, hands-on observations of mechanicians.

But Gieryn is no postmodern critic of the objectivity of knowledge, nor does he reduce its value to paradigmatic contingencies a la Kuhn. He is a sociologist, not a philosopher, and is concerned only with the "cultural cartography" of science.

And in this context, he has come to see concepts such as empirical, rational, and even science function "not as a set of rules for proper fact-construction, but as rhetorical tools deployed in the pursuit or defense of epistemic authority, or in efforts to deny legitimacy to rival claims.

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Cultural Boundaries of Science : Credibility on the Line. Thomas F. Why is science so credible? Usual answers center on scientists' objective methods or their powerful instruments. In his new book, Thomas Gieryn argues that a better explanation for the cultural authority of science lies downstream, when scientific claims leave laboratories and enter courtrooms, boardrooms, and living rooms. On such occasions, we use "maps" to decide who to believe—cultural maps demarcating "science" from pseudoscience, ideology, faith, or nonsense. Gieryn looks at episodes of boundary-work: Was phrenology good science?

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Cultural Boundaries of Science : Credibility on the Line. Thomas F. Why is science so credible? Usual answers center on scientists' objective methods or their powerful instruments. In his new book, Thomas Gieryn argues that a better explanation for the cultural authority of science lies downstream, when scientific claims leave laboratories and enter courtrooms, boardrooms, and living rooms.

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