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Ecological Theory and Pest Control Practice:A Study of the Institutional and Conceptual Dimensions of a Scientific Debate

Palladino, Paolo (1990) Ecological Theory and Pest Control Practice:A Study of the Institutional and Conceptual Dimensions of a Scientific Debate. Social Studies of Science, 20 (2). pp. 255-281. ISSN 0306-3127

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Abstract

During the 1960s, the relationship between ecological theory and pest control practice was the subject of controversy between two groups of entomologists, one based in California and the other in Canada. Both groups were committed to the development of an `ecological' pest control strategy based on the integration of `biological control' — the use of predators and parasites to control pest populations — and the dominant chemical approach. Yet, they disagreed on the precise details of the relationship between ecological theory and the formulation of guidelines for the development of this integrated strategy. Consideration of institutional and conceptual problems shows that these different perspectives were shaped, but not necessarily determined, by the institutional context within which they were articulated. Attention is therefore drawn to the complexity of the relationship between ideas and institutions, and to the need for a broader approach to historiographical practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Studies of Science
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 49154
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2011 14:16
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49154

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