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Science and Culture

Introduction

Information about the project, which investigates the accounts of geneticists from three different countries (UK, US, Russia) of the relationship between science, culture and society.


Aims of Project

This is an interview-based project which investigates the accounts of geneticists from three different countries (UK, US, Russia) of the relationship between science, culture and society. How do geneticists themselves view the cultural implications of their field? To what extent do they think culture affects their work? Are they prepared to step outside of the immediate boundaries of their research and engage with the metaphysical aspects of their discipline? I suggest that examining geneticists’ accounts of the meaning of their science would elicit the question of the production of scientific knowledge and contribute to the discussion of the relationship between the sciences and the humanities.




Funder

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation

Activities

The publications produced as a result of the project will be aimed at social scientists and humanities scholars working in the field of science and technology studies, as well as at the students of genetics and other natural sciences interested in the relationship between natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. These publications may be expected to facilitate mutual education between academics from humanities, social and natural sciences and to make research surrounding understandings of, and approaches to, genetics more readily available to the relevant policy makers and professionals and general public to enable them to interact more proficiently with the genetic discourse.