Historiography: how does this reflect the state of history of science in the 1970s?

What is "American" about science in America?


Aspects of society covered: politics, religion, institutions, public relations, media, economy, education. NOT much on race, class, gender.

From Introduction: four relationships between science and social thought:

• emotional: science provides reassurance for social anxiety, justifies and motivates action

• science as a source of vocabulary / metaphor

• scientist as figure in popular culture, bearer of attitudes and values

• society makes demands on science and provides support; social needs shape problem choice

Other aspects to add?

• science as tool for social control

• boundary-drawing between science and non-science (applied science, amateur science, etc.)

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