Book ID: CBB314316122

Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists (2018)

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Schmalzer, Sigrid (Editor)
Chard, Daniel S. (Editor)
Botelho, Alyssa (Editor)


University of Massachusetts Press


Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 264 pp.
Language: English

For the first time, this book compiles original documents from Science for the People, the most important radical science movement in U.S. history. Between 1969 and 1989, Science for the People mobilized American scientists, teachers, and students to practice a socially and economically just science, rather than one that served militarism and corporate profits. Through research, writing, protest, and organizing, members sought to demystify scientific knowledge and embolden "the people" to take science and technology into their own hands. The movement's numerous publications were crucial to the formation of science and technology studies, challenging mainstream understandings of science as "neutral" and instead showing it as inherently political. Its members, some at prominent universities, became models for politically engaged science and scholarship by using their knowledge to challenge, rather than uphold, the social, political, and economic status quo. Highlighting Science for the People's activism and intellectual interventions in a range of areas―including militarism, race, gender, medicine, agriculture, energy, and global affairs―this volume offers vital contributions to today's debates on science, justice, democracy, sustainability, and political power.

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Review Sean Gilleran (2019) Review of "Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 220-221). unapi

Review Sean Gilleran (2019) Review of "Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 220-221). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Turner, James Morton
Voskuhl, Adelheid Clara
Lynch, Michael Patrick
Slayton, Rebecca
McCormick, Sabrina
Barnhart, Megan
Journals
Social Studies of Science
Journal of American History
Journal for the Study of Radicalism
Environmental History
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Publishers
University of Chicago Press
Temple University Press
Tufts University Press
University of Wisconsin Press
Oxford University Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Concepts
Political activists and activism
Science and politics
Environmentalism
Cold War
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Environmental sciences
People
Sagan, Carl
Rabinowitch, Eugene
Commoner, Barry
Places
United States
Brazil
Great Britain
England
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Wisconsin (U.S.)
Times
20th century, late
21st century
17th century
19th century
Institutions
Federation of American Scientists
Strategic Defense Initiative
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