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Rethinking Expertise

Collins, Harold Maurice and Evans, Robert John 2007. Rethinking Expertise. Chicago: The Univesity of Chicago Press.

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Abstract

What does it mean to be an expert? In Rethinking Expertise, Harry Collins and Robert Evans offer a radical new perspective on the role of expertise in the practice of science and the public evaluation of technology. Collins and Evans present a Periodic Table of Expertises based on the idea of tacit knowledge—knowledge that we have but cannot explain. They then look at how some expertises are used to judge others, how laypeople judge between experts, and how credentials are used to evaluate them. Throughout, Collins and Evans ask an important question: how can the public make use of science and technology before there is consensus in the scientific community? This book has wide implications for public policy and for those who seek to understand science and benefit from it.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: The Univesity of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226113609
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Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 20:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/53761

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