Ellis, Rebecca and Waterton, Claire and Wynne, Brian (2010) Taxonomy, biodiversity and their publics in twenty-first-century DNA barcoding. Public Understanding of Science, 19 (4). pp. 497-512. ISSN 1361-6609Full text not available from this repository.
We examine the crafting of publics in the global Barcoding of Life Initiative (BOLI)—seen as crucial for re invigorating, and democratizing, early-twentyfirst- century taxonomic sciences and hence for actually achieving biodiversity protection. Our approach to the issue of publics differs from that of conventional public understanding of or engagement with science work. Combining science and technology studies with critical political theory allows us to examine the discursive and material formation of publics occurring within the science of DNA barcoding. Co-productionist theory suggests BOLI to be actively crafting its prospective publics imaginatively, as an integral part of its selfcomposition as public science. Drawing on the work of Laclau’s On Populist Reason, we examine how such normatively weighted abstract publics are necessarily chronically incomplete, with an unavoidable tension between the universal and the particular.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Public Understanding of Science|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)|
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
|Deposited By:||Dr Rebecca Ellis|
|Deposited On:||25 Jun 2010 14:28|
|Last Modified:||13 Jan 2016 12:26|
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