Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

482

Date

2011

Date of Award

12-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Political Science

Committee Chair

Nicole Detraz

Committee Member

Sharon Stanley

Committee Member

Matthias Kaelberer

Abstract

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.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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