32. Science Wars

  1. Nuala C. Johnson1,
  2. Richard H. Schein2 and
  3. Jamie Winders3
  1. David N. Livingstone

Published Online: 14 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118384466.ch32

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography

How to Cite

Livingstone, D. N. (2013) Science Wars, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography (eds N. C. Johnson, R. H. Schein and J. Winders), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118384466.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Queen's University Belfast, UK

  2. 2

    University of Kentucky, USA

  3. 3

    Syracuse University, USA

Author Information

  1. Queen's University Belfast, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655597

Online ISBN: 9781118384466



  • cultural geography;
  • Darwinism;
  • reterritorialization;
  • science wars;
  • trading zones


In this chapter, the authors dwells on the Darwinian controversies as a means of saying something about how cultural geographers might tackle “science wars” generally. Pondering on one or two recent clashes over Darwinism opens up a range of matters that geographers interested in the spaces of scientific culture might find illuminating. The list of arenas of conflict is extensive: confrontations over scientific realism and anti-realism, racial history and genetic mapping, climate change and global warming, bio-informatics and the circulation of human tissue, ethnicity and intelligence, medical technology and transhumanism. Reterritorializing battlelines, inspecting the dynamics of different theaters of engagement, and identifying unexamined trading zones might prove useful tactics in these arenas.