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Agnotology : the making and unmaking of ignorance

Author: Robert Proctor; Londa L Schiebinger
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What don't we know, and why don't we know it? What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? Agnatology--the study of ignorance--provides a new theoretical perspective to broaden traditional questions about "how we know" to ask, Why don't we know what we don't know? The essays assembled in this book show that ignorance is often more than just an absence of knowledge; it can also be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kongress
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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Proctor; Londa L Schiebinger
ISBN: 9780804756525 080475652X 9780804759014 0804759014
OCLC Number: 183609349
Notes: "This volume emerged from workshops held at Pennsylvania State University in 2003 and Stanford University in 2005"--Page vii.
Description: viii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Agnotology : a missing term to describe the cultural production of ignorance (and its study) / Robert N. Proctor --
Removing knowledge : the logic of modern censorship / Peter Galison --
Challenging knowledge : how climate science became a victim of the cold war / Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway --
Manufactured uncertainty : contested science and the protection of the public's health and environment / David Michaels --
Coming to understand : orgasm and the epistemology of ignorance / Nancy Tuana --
West Indian abortifacients and the making of ignorance / Londa Schiebinger --
Suppression of indigenous fossil knowledge : from Claverack, New York, 1705 to Agate Springs, Nebraska, 2005 / Adrienne Mayor --
Mapping ignorance in archaeology : the advantages of historical hindsight / Alison Wylie --
Social theories of ignorance / Michael J. Smithson --
White ignorance / Charles W. Mills --
Risk management versus the precautionary principle : agnotology as a strategy in the debate over genetically engineered organisms / David Magnus --
Smoking out objectivity : journalistic gears in the agnotology machine / Jon Christensen.
Responsibility: edited by Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schiebinger.

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Agnotology-the study of how ignorance is produced and maintained-introduces a new and much-needed perspective for scholars across all fields of research, including the humanities and social sciences,  Read more...

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