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Cultural Sociology

Science under Siege

Contesting the Secular Religion of Scientism

Editors: Houtman, Dick, Aupers, Stef, Laermans, Rudi (Eds.)

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  • Creatively applies theories from the sociology of religion to the authority of science
  • Presents a timely discussion of the erosion of confidence in the authority of science through a cultural-sociological frame
  • Argues for the eradication of claims of the “neutrality” of science, opening the door to a science that is more critical of how its own biases impede the quest for truth
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About this book

Identifying scientism as religion’s secular counterpart, this collection studies contemporary contestations of the authority of science. These controversies suggest that what we are witnessing today is not an increase in the authority of science at the cost of religion, but a dual decline in the authorities of religion and science alike. This entails an erosion of the legitimacy of universally binding truth claims, be they religiously or scientifically informed. Approaching the issue from a cultural-sociological perspective and building on theories from the sociology of religion, the volume unearths the cultural mechanisms that account for the headwind faced by contemporary science. The empirical contributions highlight how the field of academic science has lost much of its former authority vis-à-vis competing social realms; how political and religious worldviews define particular research findings as favorites while dismissing others; and how much of today’s distrust of science is directed against scientific institutions and academic scientists rather than against science per se.

About the authors

Dick Houtman is Senior Professor of Sociology of Culture and Religion at the Center for Sociological Research at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, USA.

Stef Aupers is Senior Professor of Media Culture at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Rudi Laermans is Senior Professor of Social Theory at the Center for Sociological Research at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: A Cultural Sociology of the Authority of Science

    Pages 1-34

    Houtman, Dick (et al.)

  • The Disenchantment of the World and the Authority of Sociology: How the Queen of the Sciences Lost Her Throne

    Pages 37-63

    Houtman, Dick

  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Heterodox Science on the Internet

    Pages 65-87

    Aupers, Stef (et al.)

  • The Pluralization of Academia: Disentangling Artistic Research

    Pages 89-111

    Laermans, Rudi

  • Elective Affinities Between Religion and Neuroscience: The Cases of Conservative Protestantism and Mindfulness Spirituality

    Pages 115-132

    Cortois, Liza (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science under Siege
Book Subtitle
Contesting the Secular Religion of Scientism
Editors
  • Dick Houtman
  • Stef Aupers
  • Rudi Laermans
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69649-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69649-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69648-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 242
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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