Hidden Injustice and Anti-Science

Laurel Smith-Doerr

Abstract


This essay responds to the five articles on Anti-Science in this journal issue by discussing a significant theme identified across all of them: hidden injustice. Some of the ways that injustice is hidden by organizational forces related to anti-science are identified. In response, the essay points to the need for empirical data on anti-science policies, a symmetric approach to anti-science contexts, and institutional analysis of anti-science power imbalances. Additionally, a reflexive question about whether anti-science analysis in STS leads the field toward racial justice is raised. The essay calls for further organizational level research with a critical STS lens to uncover hidden injustice.


Keywords


anti-science; hidden injustice; science and technology studies; organizations

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17351/ests2020.381



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