KREIMER pablo Rafael
Social Problems, Scientific Problems: the reciprocal construction. Chagas Disease in Argentina
KREIMER, PABLO; ZABALA, JUAN PABLO
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
Lugar: Londres-New Delhi; Año: 2007 vol. 12 p. 49 - 49
This paper intends to study the possibilities and limitations of scientific knowledge as a factor of social development in peripheral societies. We challenge the idea that the only promotion of scientific knowledge is a legitimate and adequate method to overcome the social problems that many people in Latin America are subjected to. Instead, we propose to investigate the relationships among the social actors involved in the production and circulation of scientific knowledge. We take the case of Chagas disease, a recurring theme in the public agenda since the 1950s, to show how the issue has emerged and has been taken in by public policies related to the production of scientific knowledge. We analyze the different viewpoints and conceptions about the disease, and how they molded the different institutional initiatives of intervention into the problem. We assume that the practices associated with these mechanisms condition the type of knowledge produced and its possible uses.