Popular Science: to the Sociological Understanding of the Borderline States of Scientific Knowledge
The aim of the project is, firstly, to give a relevant sociological definition of the phenomenon of Popular Science in the scope of classical and contemporary theories of sociology of science and professions and, secondly, to offer a sociological consideration of the empirical program for Popular Science research methodology.
Popular Science, as we refer to it, is a sphere of existence of knowledge that left the realm of science and got into a broader social context. Popular Science is a peculiar system of communication – an interaction of science, media and public.
Our project aims to increase the understanding of how scientific knowledge by undergoing a series of transformations becomes a part of mass media and how the style and the content of knowledge thus vary.
In the project we will seek to combine the scientific frame of examination of the phenomenon of Popular Science and the debate about the connection between the scientific knowledge, media and society by addressing to the scientists, journalists, experts and interested public.
The project is performed by the Research and Educational Group on Sociology of Science and Professions that was established in October 2011 from the fellow workers and students of the Department of Sociology of National research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) within the Program "Teacher-students" of the HSE Academic Foundation.
The head of the Group is Roman Abramov, associate professor at the HSE Department of Analysis of Social Institutions. The co-head of the Group is Andrey Kozhanov, deputy dean for academic and methodical work at the Faculty of Sociology and senior lecturer at the HSE Department of Analysis of Social Institutions.