Date of Award
Master of Arts
This study explores the nature of science in Germany and Turkey. Specifically, Iwant to know what science looks like in different settings, and how it interacts with other institutions of the state. Science is assessed within the two contexts at both an individual-societal and institutional level. Indicators of knowledge and attitudes are analyzed to identify individual orientations towards science. Discourse analysis is used to evaluate the nature of science within legislatures and national academies, as well as the overall state scientific bureaucracy. Iexpect observed patterns to translate into policy and, as such, apply my findings to an explanation of German and Turkish reactions to the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe in March 2011. I conclude with a discussion of science's implications for the German and Turkish state, as well as the prospects of Turkish membership into the EU.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Babakus, Sera Elizabeth, "States of Science: A Comparative Analysis of Germany and Turkey" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 388.