Perspectives on the Evolution of Science Studies
Though rapidly expanding, intellectually lively, and socially important, programs in Science Studies have always been controversial, and they are increasingly so today. Concerned about declining public support for science, some scientists are alarmed by efforts to demythologize their work. They have attacked science studies scholars as science bashers, alarmists, ideologues, or at best foolish, faddish, muddled or left wing.' The only reason to study science, they believe, is to explain or promote it to a wary publie.