Thinking through Public(s) for engaged research practice
- Angela Cassidy (see profile)
- Science and Technology Studies (STS), Science Studies and the History of Science
- Science--Social aspects, Popular culture, Science in popular culture, Communication in science, Science--Study and teaching, Technology--Study and teaching
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- Public humanities, Science and popular culture, Scientific communication, Science and technology studies (STS)
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- This review explores usage of the term public in debates about science and society. Since the 1980s, there has been a broad shift from public understanding and science communication towards engagement, dialogue and participation. I explore the multiple meanings of public in these debates, including the transition from singular the public to plural publics; the importance of imagined publics; the implications of science in public; and of the public interest. Academics and communicators from any field can benefit from thinking through public(s) in this way – therefore I close with some suggestions for changing research practice that flow from these ideas.
- Preprint, currently under review at Research For All (https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/research-for-all/). All comments are welcome, please get in touch!
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