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Title:Part special issue: science and scandal in South Africa
Authors:Hodes, RebeccaISNI
Schumaker, LynISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Geographic term:South Africa
public opinion
medical research
medical history
Abstract:South African cases in which science has become scandalous, conceived as a threat to the common good, necessitating exposure, censure and prohibition, are the focus of this part special issue which is based on the 'Science and Scandal' seminar series, hosted by the Institute for Humanities in Africa (Huma), University of Cape Town, in 2013. Articles explore the circumstances under which scientific authority has been contested, during times of public concern and professional scepticism. They engage with the conditions under which scientific research or claims to knowledge become controversial, even scandalous; the forms the controversies take; and their wider effects. They document how science, medicine and technologies have shaped popular imaginations, political agendas and public responses within the spheres of health, welfare and the environment. Contributions: Science and scandal in South Africa: introduction (Rebecca Hodes, Lyn Schumaker); Kink and the colony: sexual deviance in the medical history of South Africa, c. 1893-1939 (Rebecca Hodes); 'Are we going to stand by and let these children come into the world?': the impact of the 'Thalidomide disaster' in South Africa, 1960-1977 (Susanne M. Klausen, Julie Parle); Jackal narratives: predator control and contested ecologies in the Karoo, South Africa (Nicoli Nattrass, Beatrice Conradie); From 'dark country' to 'dark continent': AIDS, 'race', and medical research in the South African Medical Journal, 1980-1995 (Carla Tsampiras); Mobilising AID(S)? Contesting HIV as a social and economic resource among youth in South Africa's Eastern Cape (Beth Vale, Mildred Thabeng); The biometric imaginary: bureaucratic technopolitics in post-apartheid welfare (Kevin P. Donovan). Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]