From the margins to the mainstream: deconstructing science communication as a white, Western paradigm

Summer M. Finlay*, Sujatha Raman, Elizabeth Rasekoala, Vanessa Mignan, Emily Dawson, Liz Neeley, Lindy A. Orthia

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    Abstract

    In this commentary we are concerned with what mainstream science communication has neglected through cultural narrowness and ambient racism: other practitioners, missing audiences, unvalued knowledge, unrecognised practices. We explore examples from First Nations Peoples in the lands now known as Australia, from Griots in West Africa and from People’s Science Movements in India to help us reimagine science communication. To develop meaningfully inclusive approaches to science communication, we argue there is an urgent need for the ‘mainstream’ to recognise, value and learn from science communication practices that are all too often seen as at ‘the margins’ of this field.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Science Communication
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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