Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, .. Agnotology: The making and unmaking of ignorance. Palo Alto, CA. What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? Agnotology the study of ignorance. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance | What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? What keeps ignorance.

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I looked up the author’s biography and there it was – she teaches and writes about “gendered science” as if such a thing exists. The Making and Unmaking of Political Identity. Why don’t we know what we don’t know? He was later quoted as calling it “agnotology, the study of ignorance”, in a The New York Times story on medical historians testifying as expert witnesses.

Joe Joe rated it it was amazing May 19, Many a time one is puzzled by the widespread ignorance of ignoeance of the greatest challenges mankind faces today, be it global warming, the way to the Iraq war, or the global tobacco epidemic. Here was another piece of “suppression by the patriarchy” drivel, written by someone who, like the book’s editor, teaches and writes about the non-existent “feminist science”. Way too much on the tobacco industry – too repetitive.

Sign in to use this feature. The book studies “ignorance”: It makes us ask what is at stake when we dont msking things that are plainly before our eyes. MaakingLonda Schiebinger [15] gave a more precise definition of agnotology in a paper on 18th-century voyages of scientific discovery and gender relations, and contrasted it with epistemologythe theory of knowledge, saying that the latter questions how we know while the former questions why we do not know: I assume that it was only a coincidence that the predominant ink on the back cover was the colour of bullshit.


We need a political agnotology to complement our political epistemologies”.


Schick referred to unknowledge “to distinguish it from ignorance, and to denote socially constructed lack of knowledge, that is, a conscious absence of socially pertinent knowledge”. These people might be unhinged, but they are not ignorant.

This page was last edited on 3 Decemberat Making and Unmaking of Strangers. Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 38 3: The Making and Unmaking of Differences: Mark rated it liked it Mar 29, Conway – – In Robert N.

The Unmaking and Making of Self: At Stanford, we study how ignorance is manufactured. The next thing I looked at was “Coming to Understand: He said agate was a “victim of scientific disinterest”, the same “structured apathy” he called “the social construction of ignorance”. Roger Blakesley rated it liked it Aug 13, A similar word from the same Greek roots, agnoiologymeaning “the science or study of ignorance, which determines its quality and conditions” [19] or “the doctrine concerning those things of which we are necessarily ignorant” [20] describes a branch of philosophy studied by James Frederick Ferrier in the 19th century.

The Making and Unmaking of Differences: Social Theories of Ignorance. No eBook available Amazon. This is about a society’s choice between listening to science and falling prey to what Stanford science historian Robert N. Nerida rated it really liked it Apr 14, The essays assembled in Agnotology show that ignorance is often more than just an absence of knowledge; it can also be the outcome of cultural and political struggles.

An emerging new scientific discipline that has connections to agnotology is cognitronics:. Archived from agnotloogy original on 5 October Jan 30, Catherine rated it liked it. Added to PP index Total downloads 15of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 6 91, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?


Ignorance is often not merely the absence of knowledge but an outcome of the cultural and political struggle. It is the enabling of colonialism. What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? I should point out that much of the opposition to GMOs is firmly based on ignorance of science, but that didn’t seem to be the point of this article, or even mentioned.

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Christopher rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Agnotology also focuses on how and why diverse forms of knowledge do not “come to be”, or are ignored or delayed. Agnotology might very well be the tool to delve into the great black holes of modern knowledge and also find a way out. Views Read Edit View history. As an example, he offered the labeling “terra incognita” in early maps, noting that “The reconstruction of parts of the globe as uncharted territory is Individual chapters treat examples from the realms of global climate change, military secrecy, female orgasm, environmental denialism, Native American paleontology, theoretical archaeology, racial ignorance, and more.

Instead it may be allowing many people to cherry-pick information in blogs or news that reinforces their existing beliefs.