Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975 - Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology 32 by Kelly Moore
In the decades following World War II, American scientists were celebrated for their contributions to social and technological progress. They have also been widely criticized for their close and growing…
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In the decades following World War II, Americanscientists were celebrated for their contributions to social and technological progress. They have also been widely criticized for their close and growing ties with the military and government authorities - not only by outside activists but also among the scholars themselves.
The book "Disruption of Science" tells the story of scientists forming new protest organizations that democratized science and made their quest more transparent. The book explores how scientists weakened their authority even when they invented new forms of political action.
Drawing extensively from archival sources and in-depth interviews, Kelly Moore examines the features of Americanscience that have made her an attractive target for early-cold and Vietnam-era protesters, including scientists doing military research and activities that are seen as environmentally harmful. It describes the intellectual traditions that the demonstrators drew from: liberalism, individual morality, and the new left, and traces the rise and influence of scholarly protest organizations such as Science for the People and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Moore explains how the protest activities by scientists have hindered the basic assumptions about science and the ways in which scientific knowledge should be produced and the reworking of scientists' relations with political and military institutions.
"Disabling Science" reveals how the scientific community works cumulatively to abolish its scientific power and change the way scientists and scientists perceive it. By doing so, the book reinforces our understanding of the socialmovements and the power of protest that it leads from within..
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