New Article "Changing Social Relations between Science and Society: Contemporary Challenges" by V.V. Krishna, CSSP, JNU

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Changing Social Relations between Science and Society: Contemporary
by Venni V. Krishna
FMSH Working Papers Series FMSH-WP-2013-54

Social history of modern science, particularly the way it acquired social
legitimacy clearly depicts the science and society relationships emerging
from the time of Galileo. The social institution of science has evolved as
one of the most powerful, highly influential and sought out institutions.
Knowledge as public good; peer review of science; prominence attached to
open publications; and premium placed on professional recognition and
scientific autonomy remained the hall mark of science for the last three
centuries. Based on this ethos of science, the social institution of
science evolved a unique social contract between science and society in the
last six decades. As we enter the second decade of 21st century, the social
institution of science is undergoing a major change. Three societal forces
are responsible for the change: a) globalization; b) industrial and
post-industrial society; and c) climate change. What is at stake? Is there
a significant change? Is it transforming the very social institution of
Science? And what implications this has for our contemporary and future
society? These are some of the important issues, which will be addressed in
this essay, which has inspired the lecture given during the awarding of the
Charles and Monique Morazé Prize 2013 to the international journal *Science,
Technology and Society* published by Sage India.

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