Colonial science and dependent development: The case of the Irish experience

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This paper draws on recent studies of colonial science and of the social function of science in the underdeveloped world to analyse the social development of science in Ireland and, subsequently, the Irish Republic. It is suggested that after the Act of Union scientific activity in Ireland became prized as a cultural practice, largely isolated from its local context and potential local applications. Because of governmentá priorities in the new state and because of the Anglo‐Irish character of much of the scientific culture, this isolation persisted after Partition. The recent history of science in the Irish Republic is interpreted in terms of this isolation or marginality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-331
Number of pages24
JournalThe Sociological Review
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1989

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