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Volatile Perceptions: The Power of the Public Sphere to Reshape Science

Abstract This thesis examines the role of the media and popular culture in defining the shape and scope of what we think of today as "science." As a source of cognitive authority the scientific establishment is virtually beyond dispute. The intellectual clout of science seemingly elevates it to a position outside the influence of the general population. Yet in reality the emergence and evolution of the public sphere, including popular culture, has had a profound impact on the definition and application of science. What science is and how it relates to the life of the ordinary person are hardly static concepts; the public perception of science has been molding its boundaries since at least the 18th century. During the Enlightenment "na... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Smith, Robert Scott (Author) / Lussier, Mark (Advisor) / Broglio, Ronald (Committee member) / Bivona, Daniel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social research / Mass communication / Information science / history of science / natural philosophy / popular science / pseudoscience / science and religion / scientist
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 56 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. English 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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