Writing Biology: Texts in the Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge Science

Myers, Greg
ISBN:
9780299122348

Readers put off initially by Greg Meyers's jargon-ridden title will be pleasantly surprised by the book itself, by its engaging style, and by the interesting stories its author tells. They will be painlessly instructed on such thoroughly rhetorical matters as the manner in which biological claims are negotiated during peer review, and the way in which persuasive strategies are deployed in the continuing debate over sociobiology. Finally, they will be persuaded that Meyers's combination of literary and sociological analysis represents one proper path to knowledge about the processes by which biological knowledge is created, certified, disseminated, and quarrelled over. Meyers's is an intimate and interesting portrait of one way biology really is.

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