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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Science

ISBN 9781032475042
Published January 21, 2023 by Routledge
444 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Science provides a state-of-the-art volume on the language of scientific processes and communications. This book offers comprehensive coverage of socio-cultural approaches to science, as well as analysing new theoretical developments and incorporating discussions about future directions within the field. Featuring original contributions from an international range of renowned scholars, as well as academics at the forefront of innovative research, this handbook:

  • identifies common objects of inquiry across the areas of rhetoric, sociolinguistics, communication studies, science and technology studies, and public understanding of science;

  • covers the four key themes of power, pedagogy, public engagement, and materiality in relation to the study of scientific language and its development;

  • uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to demonstrate how humanities and social science scholars can go about studying science;

  • details the meaning and purpose of socio-cultural approaches to science, including the impact of new media technologies;

  • analyses the history of the field and how it positions itself in relation to other areas of study.

Ushering the study of language and science toward a more interdisciplinary, diverse, communal and ecological future, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Science is an essential reference for anyone with an interest in this area.

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PART I: History and Development of Language and Science

  1. Language and Science from a Rhetorical Perspective

  2. Social semiotic approaches to language in science: A history of engagement with language & science

  3. Public Understanding Of Science: Popularisation, Perceptions and Publics

  4. Science, journalism, and the language of (un)certainty: A review of science journalists’ use of language in reports on science

  5. Language and Science in Science and Technology Studies

  6. PART II: Language and Power

  7. Language, Power and Public Engagement in Science

  8. Rhetoric’s Materialist Traditions and the Shifting Terrain of Economic Agency

  9. Accounting for ‘Genetics’ and ‘Race’ Requires a Use-Focused Theory of Language

  10. Encomium of the Harlot, or, a Rhetoric of Refusal

  11. Gender and the Language of Science: The Case of CRISPR

  12. PART III: Language and Pedagogy

  13. Rhetorical Invention and Visual Rhetoric: Toward a Multimodal Pedagogy Of Scientific Writing

  14. Use of Personal Pronouns in Science Laboratory Reports

  15. Dialogic Approaches to Supporting Argumentation in the Elementary Science Classroom

  16. The 'objective truths' of the classroom: Using Foucault and discourse analysis to unpack structuring concepts in science and mathematics education

  17. Iterative language pedagogy for science writing: Discovering the language of Architectural Engineering

  18. PART IV: Language and Materiality

  19. Of Matter And Money: Material-Semiotic Methods For The Study Of Science And Language

  20. Anatomical Presencing:Visualisation, Model-Making, & Embodied Interaction in a Language Rich Space

  21. Narrative, Drama, and Science communication

  22. Language, Materiality, and Emotions in Science Learning Settings

  23. The Materialist Rhetoric about SARS Sequelae in China: Networked Risk Communication, Social Justice, and Immaterial Labor

  24. PART V: Language and Public Engagement

  25. Exploring Public Engagement in Environmental Rhetoric

  26. Heuristics for Communicating Science, Risk, and Crisis: Encouraging Guided Inquiry in Challenging Rhetorical Situations

  27. When Expertises Clash: (Topic) Modeling Stasis about Complex Issues Across Large Discursive Corpora

  28. Blasting for Science: Rhetorical Antidotes to Anti-vax Discourse in the Italian Public Sphere

  29. Exploring Conversations about Science in New Media

  30. PART VI: Futures for Language and Science

  31. Rhetorical Futures For The Study Of Language & Science:Theorizing Interpublics In/For Healthcare

  32. Ecologies Of Genres And An Ecology Of Languages Of Science: Current And Future Debates

  33. Becoming the Other: The Body in Translation

  34. Science Communication on Social Media: Current Trends, Future Challenges

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David R. Gruber is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lynda C. Olman is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.