We suggest that comprehension of the nature of scientific controversy calls for analysis which extends beyond the confines of the professional scientific community. Linking theoretical concepts of contingent and constitutive forums with the idea of explicit and implicit rejection, we contend that the explanation for the shift between forums and modes of rejection in the course of scientific controversy can often be found outside the boundaries of the scientific community. For this reason, the interaction between the professional and lay communities and their respective concerns should be considered when analysing the intensity, duration and outcome of scientific controversy.
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- Social Sciences (all)
- History and Philosophy of Science