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Environmental Values, Objectivity, and Advocacy: A Sociological Study of Academic Environmental Scientists

Abstract Professional environmental scientists are increasingly under pressure to inform and even shape policy. Scientists engage policy effectively when they act within the bounds of objectivity, credibility, and authority, yet significant portions of the scientific community condemn such acts as advocacy. They argue that it is nonobjective, that it risks damaging the credibility of science, and that it is an abuse of authority. This means objectivity, credibility, and authority deserve direct attention before the policy advocacy quagmire can be reasonably understood. I investigate the meaning of objectivity in science and that necessarily brings the roles of values in science into question. This thesis is a sociological study of the roles environm... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Appleton, Caroline (Author) / Minteer, Ben (Advisor) / Chew, Matt (Committee member) / Armendt, Brad (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental studies / Environmental science / Ethics / authority / credibility / environmental social science / environmental values / objectivity / policy advocacy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 124 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Environmental Social Science 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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