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Shiju Sam Varughese

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199469123

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199469123.001.0001

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Science, Media, Risk Politics

Science, Media, Risk Politics

Constructing a Scientific Public Sphere

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Contested Knowledge

Shiju Sam Varughese

Oxford University Press

The concept of ‘scientific public sphere’ is developed in the chapter. The structural coupling of science with media and politics in contemporary liberal democracies has led to the emergence of the scientific public sphere as a deliberative space to negotiate modernization risks, a phenomenon that has radically altered the characteristics of the scientific-citizen publics. The scientific public sphere gets activated when public controversies over science are staged by the mass media. The deliberative turn in public engagement with science and the recent developments in understanding the interaction between science and media are discussed in the chapter to theorize mediated public engagement with science in contemporary risk societies. It is argued that present conceptualization of ‘medialization of science’ is insufficient to capture the dynamics between science, mass media, and risk politics, and the chapter proposes scientific public sphere as a better framework.

Keywords:   deliberative turn, dramaturgy, mediatization, mode-2 knowledge, multiple publics, regulatory science, risk society, science as social system, science-media coupling, social contract of science

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