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Contested Knowledge: Science, Media, and Democracy in Kerala

Shiju Sam Varughese


Contested Knowledge argues that the structural coupling between science and media in the context of risk politics has led to the creation of a ‘scientific public sphere’ in the state of Kerala, India, and regional newspapers have become the most prominent site of public deliberation over science since the late 1990s. This new form of public engagement with science radically differed from its earlier form nurtured by the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP), the largest people’s science movement in India. The book discusses this shift and the resultant transformations of the ‘scientific-citi ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, medialization of science, mediated publics, public engagement with science and technology, public sphere, reading culture, regional newspapers, risk governance, science communication, scientific controversy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199469123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199469123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shiju Sam Varughese, author
Assistant Professor, Central University of Gujarat