Science and the public are not yet divorced, but there are a number of signs that indicate an increased alienation between  the  two.  Various  authors  have  discussed  the  reasons  for  this  alienation  from  a  theoretical  and  empirical point  of  view  and  made  suggestions  how  it  could  be  overcome  in  practice.  Two  main  approaches  can  be distinguished  that  are  addressing  this  question:  The  public  understanding  of  science  approach  and  the  public participation approach. 
 

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Public understanding and public participation in science
Competing or complementary paradigms?

Urs Dahinden   IPMZ Department of communication, University of Zurich

Science and the public are not yet divorced, but there are a number of signs that indicate an increased alienation between  the  two.  Various  authors  have  discussed  the  reasons  for  this  alienation  from  a  theoretical  and  empirical point  of  view  and  made  suggestions  how  it  could  be  overcome  in  practice.  Two  main  approaches  can  be distinguished  that  are  addressing  this  question:  The  public  understanding  of  science  approach  and  the  public participation approach. 
 

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