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SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE
DOCUMENTS FROM AMERICA'S MOVEMENT OF RADICAL SCIENTISTS
This book brings together for the first time original documents from Science for the People, the most important radical science movement in U.S. history. Between 1969 and 1989, Science for the People mobilized American scientists, teachers, and students to practice a socially and economically just science, rather than one that served militarism and corporate profits. Through research, writing, protest, and organizing, members sought to demystify scientific knowledge and embolden "the people" to take science and technology into their own hands. The movement’s numerous publications were crucial to the formation of science and technology studies, challenging mainstream understandings of science as "neutral" and instead showing it as inherently political. Its members, some at prominent universities, became models for politically engaged science and scholarship by using their knowledge to challenge, rather than uphold, the social, political, and economic status quo.
Highlighting Science for the People’s activism and intellectual interventions in a range of areas—including militarism, race, gender, medicine, agriculture, energy, and global affairs—this volume offers vital contributions to today’s debates on science, justice, democracy, sustainability, and political power.
Sigrid Schmalzer, co-editor of this volume, is Professor of History at UMass Amherst. Her research centers around the social, cultural and political aspects of science in modern China. She is the author of The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China, and Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China.
Daniel Chard, also co-editor of this volume, is a lecturer in the history department at UMass Amherst. He is an historian of modern US and world history, focusing on social movements, US imperialism, prisons and surveillance, and terrorism and counterterrorism. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Nixon's War on Terrorism.