Science and the politics of openness

Here be monsters

Edited by Brigitte Nerlich, Sarah Hartley, Sujatha Raman and Alexander Smith

Science and the politics of openness
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  • ISBN: 9781526106469
  • Publish Date: Jan 2018
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0646-9
    • Pages: 352
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: January 2018


    The phrase 'here be monsters' or 'here be dragons' is commonly believed to have been used on ancient maps to indicate unexplored territories which might hide unknown beasts. This book maps and explores places between science and politics that have been left unexplored, sometimes hiding in plain sight - in an era when increased emphasis was put on 'openness'. The book is rooted in a programme of research funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled: 'Making Science Public: Challenges and opportunities, which runs from 2014 to 2017. One focus of our research was to critically question the assumption that making science more open and public could solve various issues around scientific credibility, trust, and legitimacy. Chapters in this book explore the risks and benefits of this perspective with relation to transparency, responsibility, experts and faith.


    'The cases are engagingly and thoughtfully written; indeed, the volume as a whole is generally a highly pleasurable read.'
    Public Understanding of Science


    1 Transparency - Benjamin Worthy
    2 Open access: the beast that no-one could - or should - control? - Stephen Curry
    3 Assuaging fears of monstrousness: UK and Swiss initiatives to open up animal laboratory research - Carmen M. McLeod
    4 What counts as evidence in adjudicating asylum claims? Locating the monsters in the machine: an investigation of faith-based claims - Roda Madziva and Vivien Lowndes
    5 Responsibility - Barbara Prainsack and Sabina Leonelli
    6 Leviathan and the hybrid network: Future Earth, co-production and the experimental life of a global institution - Eleanor Hadley Kershaw
    7 'Opening up' energy transitions research for development - Alison Mohr
    8 The monstrous regiment versus Monsters Inc.: competing imaginaries of science and social order in responsible (research and) innovation - Stevienna de Saille and Paul Martin
    9 Expertise - Mark B. Brown
    10 Disentangling risk assessment: new roles for experts and publics - Sarah Hartley and Adam Kokotovich
    11 Monstrous materialities: ash dieback and plant biosecurity in Britain - Judith Tsouvalis
    12 An Inconvenient Truth: a social representation of scientific expertise - Warren Pearce and Brigitte Nerlich
    13 Science matters and the public interest: the role of minority engagement - Sujatha Raman, Pru Hobson-West, Mimi E. Lam and Kate Millar
    14 Faith - Chris Toumey
    15 Re-examining 'creationist' monsters in the uncharted waters of social studies of science and religion - Fern Elsdon-Baker
    16 Playing God: religious influences on the depictions of science in mainstream movies - David A. Kirby and Amy C. Chambers
    17 Afterword: monstrous markets: neo-liberalism, populism and the demise of the public university - John Holmwood and Jan Balon
    18 Epilogue: publics, hybrids, transparency, monsters and the changing landscape around science - Stephen Turner


    Brigitte Nerlich is at the University of Nottingham

    Sarah Hartley is at the University of Exeter

    Sujatha Raman is at the University of Nottingham

    Alexander Smith is at the University of Warwick

    Science and the politics of openness

    Edited by Brigitte Nerlich, Sarah Hartley, Sujatha Raman, Alexander Smith

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