Secrets and lies : ''selective openness'' in the apparatus of animal experimentation

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Secrets and lies : ''selective openness'' in the apparatus of animal experimentation
Author(s) Holmberg, Tora ; Ideland, Malin
Date 2012
English abstract
Researchers and other (human) actors within the apparatus of animal experimentation find themselves in a tight corner. They rely on public acceptance to promote their legitimacy and to receive funding. At the same time, those working with animal experimentation take risks by going public, fearing that the public will misunderstand their work and animal rights activists may threaten them. The dilemma that emerges between openness and secrecy is fairly prevalent in scientific culture as a whole, but the apparatus of animal experimentation presents specific patterns of technologies of secrets. The aim of the paper is to describe and analyse the meanings of secrets and openness in contemporary animal experimentation. We suggest that these secrets – or “selective openness” – can be viewed as grease in the apparatus of animal experimentation, as a unifying ingredient that permits maintenance of status quo in human/animal relations and preserves existing institutional public/science relations.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662510372584 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Public understanding of science;21
Volume 3
ISSN 0963-6625
Pages 354-368
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) animals and science
biotechnology and culture
discourse
public understanding of science
science communivation
scientists' attitudes
studies in science and technology
animal experimentation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::Ethnology
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Sociology
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/10954 (link to this page)

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