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Discourse studies of scientific popularisation: questioning the boundaries.

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Published

Journal publication date05/2003
JournalDiscourse Studies
Journal number2
Volume5
Number of pages15
Pages265-279
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article critiques the `dominant view' of the popularization of science that takes it as a one-way process of simplification, one in which scientific articles are the originals of knowledge that is then debased by translation for a public that is ignorant of such matters, a blank slate. Recent work is surveyed in several disciplines that questions the boundaries of scientific discourse and genres of popularization: who the actors are, how the discourses interact, what modes are involved, and what is communicated. Implications are drawn from these studies for discourse analysis.

Bibliographic note

This is a pdf of the author's final version. The definitive version is on the publisher's web-site at http://dis.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/2/265