Myers, Greg (2003) Discourse studies of scientific popularisation: questioning the boundaries. Discourse Studies, 5 (2). pp. 265-279. ISSN 1461-4456
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.
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