Secrets and lies: “selective openness” in the apparatus of animal experimentation. Holmberg, T. & Ideland, M. Public Understanding of Science, 21(3):354–368, April, 2012. Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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Researchers and other (human) actors within the apparatus of animal experimentation find themselves in a tight corner. They rely on public acceptance to promote their legitimacy and to receive funding. At the same time, those working with animal experimentation take risks by going public, fearing that the public will misunderstand their work and animal rights activists may threaten them. The dilemma that emerges between openness and secrecy is fairly prevalent in scientific culture as a whole, but the apparatus of animal experimentation presents specific patterns of technologies of secrets. The aim of the paper is to describe and analyse the meanings of secrets and openness in contemporary animal experimentation. We suggest that these secrets – or “selective openness” – can be viewed as grease in the apparatus of animal experimentation, as a unifying ingredient that permits maintenance of status quo in human/animal relations and preserves existing institutional public/science relations.
@article{holmberg_secrets_2012,
	title = {Secrets and lies: “selective openness” in the apparatus of animal experimentation},
	volume = {21},
	issn = {0963-6625},
	shorttitle = {Secrets and lies},
	url = {https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662510372584},
	doi = {10.1177/0963662510372584},
	abstract = {Researchers and other (human) actors within the apparatus of animal experimentation find themselves in a tight corner. They rely on public acceptance to promote their legitimacy and to receive funding. At the same time, those working with animal experimentation take risks by going public, fearing that the public will misunderstand their work and animal rights activists may threaten them. The dilemma that emerges between openness and secrecy is fairly prevalent in scientific culture as a whole, but the apparatus of animal experimentation presents specific patterns of technologies of secrets. The aim of the paper is to describe and analyse the meanings of secrets and openness in contemporary animal experimentation. We suggest that these secrets – or “selective openness” – can be viewed as grease in the apparatus of animal experimentation, as a unifying ingredient that permits maintenance of status quo in human/animal relations and preserves existing institutional public/science relations.},
	language = {en},
	number = {3},
	urldate = {2020-09-09},
	journal = {Public Understanding of Science},
	author = {Holmberg, Tora and Ideland, Malin},
	month = apr,
	year = {2012},
	note = {Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd},
	keywords = {2 Ignorance and secret},
	pages = {354--368},
}

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