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By Ben Dupré

At a time of corrosive well known cynicism and profound overseas unease, the necessity for readability over the elemental strategies of politics hasn't ever been higher: the forces of Terrorism and Fundamentalism endanger our Security, whereas govt responses to it pose a easy risk to Liberty, Democracy and Human rights. Corruption, Spin and a suspect Political tradition arouse public indignation, that's additional annoyed by way of an array of Pressure groups and the far-from-disinterested attentions of the Mass media.

In 50 Political rules you really want to Know, Ben Dupré clears away the murk that obscures key ideas that we forget about at our peril.

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That is, social movements do collective “knowledge work,” producing new understandings of the world around them (Eyerman and Jamison 1991). 14 Chapter 1 Rachel Schurman and William A. Munro (2006) demonstrate the utility of Eyerman and Jamison’s insights for understanding the early antibiotech movement. Schurman and Munro trace the origins of antibiotech activism to two groups of people who initially raised distinct sets of concerns. In the 1970s and 1980s, “critically minded scientists, environmentalists, and technology skeptics” in the United States and Europe asked questions about “the dangers of this novel technology to human beings and other living things and the social, moral, and ethical issues raised by intervening in nature with such a powerful new set of tools” (Schurman and Munro 2010, 57).

In another example, gay rights movements have at times grappled with the scientific possibility of a “gay gene,” and considered controversial research on brain differences between gay and straight people (Brookey 2002). Sociologists of science and others in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies have been observing these trends for some time. Much of the science and technology studies work on social movements has focused on science and technology as the arenas of contention, asking how activism changes scientific knowledge and practice (for a review, see Hess et al.

The value of Mexico’s maize diversity appears to be almost universally recognized. ” Plant breeders have long valued “centers of origin” like Mexico as the places to find plants with useful traits, such as disease resistance or hardiness in difficult weather conditions. For this reason, plant breeders, ecologists, and environmentalists—not to mention the small-scale producers who rely on local corn varieties for food—are concerned about what may happen to farmers’ varieties of maize once transgenes become incorporated into the genome.

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