Experts in Science and Society

Editors: Kurz-Milcke, Elke, Gigerenzer, Gerd (Eds.)

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In today's complex world, we have come to rely increasingly on those who have expertise in specific areas and can bring their knowledge to bear on crucial social, political and scientific questions. Taking the viewpoint that experts are consulted when there is something important at stake for an individual, a group, or society at large, Experts in Science and Society explores expertise as a relational concept. How do experts balance their commitment to science with that to society? How does a society actually determine that a person has expertise? What personal traits are valued in an expert? From where does the expert derive authority? What makes new forms of expertise emerge? These and related questions are addressed from a wide range of areas in order to be inclusive, as well as to demonstrate similarities across areas. Likewise, in order to be culturally comparative, this volume includes examples and discussions of experts in different countries and even in different time periods. The topics include the roles of political experts, scientific experts, medical experts, legal experts, and more.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Scientists as Expert Advisors: Science Cultures Versus National Cultures?

    Rakel, Horst

    Pages 3-25

  • Experts’ Discourses as Judicial Drama or Bureaucratic Coordination: Family Debate in the United States and Germany

    Walter, Wolfgang

    Pages 27-46

  • The Integration of Social Science Expertise Into the Political Process: Did It Actually Happen?

    Metzler, Gabriele

    Pages 47-63

  • Socialist Legal Experts: A New Profession?

    Schneider, Ute

    Pages 65-81

  • Folklore Protection in Australia: Who Is Expert in Aboriginal Tradition?

    Antons, Christoph

    Pages 85-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Experts in Science and Society
Editors
  • Elke Kurz-Milcke
  • Gerd Gigerenzer
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-47964-9
DOI
10.1007/b105826
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-47903-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4757-8744-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 314
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
Topics