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Undone ScienceSocial Movements, Mobilized Publics, and Industrial Transitions$
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David J. Hess

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035132

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035132.001.0001

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Repression, Ignorance, and Undone Science

Repression, Ignorance, and Undone Science

(p.27) 1 Repression, Ignorance, and Undone Science
Undone Science

David J. Hess

The MIT Press

This chapter builds on two literatures: repression and backfire in social movement studies, and ignorance and suppression in science and technology studies. The chapter then introduces the concepts of undone science and industrial transition movements. Industrial transition movements are mobilized counterpublics of activists, advocates, entrepreneurs, and other agents of change who seek fundamentally new approaches to the design of industrial technologies, products, and organizations. There are four basic types of industrial transition movements based on the following goals: sunsetting industrial processes, developing alternative technologies and products, restructuring industrial organizations, and redistributing access to industrial goods. Undone science is the systematically produced absence of knowledge that industrial transition movements and other mobilized publics identify as potentially valuable for achieving their goals. Each type of industrial transition movement has its own associated type of undone science and a unique pattern of routinization.

Keywords:   Repression, Backfire, Ignorance, undone science, industrial transition, social movements, science, technology

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