3. Reception

Readers and Media

In these projects, sociologists and literary scholars examine the manner in which perceptions of science may be influenced by science novels. They observe science in society through the twice-refracting lens of the novelist and the reader or reviewer--at what we think of as the third order of observation.These projects combine methods that are usually associated with literary and cultural discourse analysis, with those used by sociologists. They employ the critical and content analyses conducted in the other FMS groups as an interpretive framework for their reception analyses.