chapter  3
Science—After Its Kind(s)
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Science-After Its Kind(s) Chapter 2 considered the construction of creation science as an object in sociological accounts, specifically as a recent phenomenon. This chapter considers its construction as a singular, unified entity. As argued earlier, the rationalization hypothesis advances a view of science as a monolithic entity that displaces other forms of thought and belief, also presented monolithi­ cally. Thus, science stands contrasted to creation science as one thing to another. Such a view implicitly raises the matter of boundaries. Somewhere, a clear line must exist that demarcates the thing, science from the other thing, creationism. Thus, it is characteristically found in sociological ac­ counts of creationism that some such boundary line is drawn-and drawn on, in the sense that such boundaries often seem themselves to be derived from resources provided by certain philosophical or sociological views of science, and once drawn, any such boundary is then used as a point of reference in the kind of account of creationism that is advanced (Gieryn, 1983; Gieryn et al., 1985; Lessl, 1988; Prelli, 1989a; Taylor, 1996).