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Public Underst Sci. 2012 Apr;21(3):299-313.

Networking expertise: discursive coalitions and collaborative networks of experts in a public creationism controversy in the UK.

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Research Center Juelich, Germany.

Abstract

Experts do play a particular role in public socio-scientific debates, even more so if they form heterogeneous coalition with other actors and experts. A case study about a public science education controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution/creationism in the UK press is used to investigate in detail how connections and coalitions between experts and other actors involved in the controversy emerged and played out. The research focuses on the question of what role collaborative and other networks of experts played in terms of influence, visibility, credibility, consensus and weight of argument. Issues that are considered in the research are the status of the members of the coalitions forming during the debate and how it is displayed in media representations and letters and petitions, and also how these networks and coalitions of experts perform in relation to each other.

PMID:
23045882
PMCID:
PMC3331617
DOI:
10.1177/0963662510383385
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