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Unformatted text preview: Sociological Analysis of Social Problems Experts as Claimsmakers March 7, 2011 Section overview March 7 Experts as Claimsmakers March 10 An Inconvenient Truth March 21 Scientists as claimsmakers, the case of climate change March 24 - Doctors as claimsmakers, the case of medicalization Experts as Claimsmakers Cultural authority and experts Why does it matter? Science is highly politicized Eugenics as historical case study The social construction of science Finally, the suppression, distortion, manipulation and mishandling of science Cultural authority and experts Who do we trust? Cultural authority and experts Cultural authority: the power to influence others especially because of membership in a group thought to have specialized knowledge. Very great prestige % Considerabl e prestige % Some prestige Hardly any prestige Not sure/refus ed Doctor 61 25 11 1 1 Teacher 54 22 18 5 1 Scientist 53 29 14 2 2 Minister/cler gyman 43 28 21 7 2 Members of congress 24 29 31 14 2 Lawyer 18 26 34 21 1 Banker 16 29 43 10 2 Accountant 15 27 43 12 3 Businessma n 12 33 46 6 2 Harris Poll, October 2001 Scientists and doctors didnt always have...
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:103 taught by Professor Kempner during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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