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dc.contributor.authorJohnson, David R.
Ecklund, Elaine Howard
Di, Di
Matthews, Kirstin R.W.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-30T22:36:08Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-30T22:36:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Johnson, David R., Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Di, Di, et al.. "Responding to Richard: Celebrity and (mis)representation of science." Public Understanding of Science, 27, no. 5 (2018) Sage: 535-549. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662516673501.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/93820
dc.description.abstract Drawing on 48 in-depth interviews conducted with biologists and physicists at universities in the United Kingdom, this study examines scientists’ perceptions of the role celebrity scientists play in socially contentious public debates. We examine Richard Dawkins’ involvement in public debates related to the relationship between science and religion as a case to analyze scientists’ perceptions of the role celebrity scientists play in the public sphere and the implications of celebrity science for the practice of science communication. Findings show that Dawkins’ proponents view the celebrity scientist as a provocateur who asserts the cultural authority of science in the public sphere. Critics, who include both religious and nonreligious scientists, argue that Dawkins misrepresents science and scientists and reject his approach to public engagement. Scientists emphasize promotion of science over the scientist, diplomacy over derision, and dialogue over ideological extremism.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Sage
dc.rights This is an author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher. The published article is copyrighted by the authors.
dc.title Responding to Richard: Celebrity and (mis)representation of science
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Public Understanding of Science
dc.subject.keywordpopularization of science
science and religion
science communication
dc.citation.volumeNumber 27
dc.citation.issueNumber 5
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0963662516673501
dc.type.publication post-print
dc.citation.firstpage 535
dc.citation.lastpage 549


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