Knowing and Loving: Public Engagement beyond Discourse

Author(s)
Sarah R Davies
Abstract

This article builds on STS scholarship on public engagement with science to reflect on the role of the non-discursive, arguing that this has been under-studied in analyses of engagement. I make this point in three stages: I review literature that has analysed public engagement, suggesting that it can be understood as focusing on process, effects, framing or context, and has therefore largely ignored features such as site, materiality and affect; I draw on recent work in political theory to emphasise the importance of the emotional and creative within deliberation; and I present an example of what it might look like to be attentive to emotion in public participation by exploring the role of pleasure in engagement activities. As a whole this discussion is used to point to a lacuna in studies of public engagement, and to suggest some implications for both practice and empirical research.

Organisation(s)
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Journal
Science & Technology Studies
Volume
27
Pages
90-110
No. of pages
21
ISSN
2243-4690
Publication date
2014
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
509017 Social studies of science
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/knowing-and-loving-public-engagement-beyond-discourse(7f39c26d-7a40-4c76-a3c1-0fd13f4aaaaf).html