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Fishing for Truth Fishing for Truth
A Sociological Analysis of Northern Cod Stock Assessments from 1977 to 1990
Alan Christopher Finlayson
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Fishing for Truth is the complex story of the role of science in the decline of the Northern cod stocks off the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador over the period 1977­1990. At issue in Fishing for Truth are conflicting and contradictory interpretations of recent events, institutional and scientific texts, and scientific data. The central claim of the book is that all knowledge, including scientific knowledge, is influenced by social process.

Finlayson, a sociologist, conducted extensive interviews with scientists and bureaucrats in the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO); he argues that failures to predict fish stocks is closely related to the failure to recognize how scientists' interpretations of natural reality are themselves socially constructed to a crucial degree.

". . . provides a concise, sophisticated case study which would make a worthwhile addition to any reading list concerned with the dynamics of knowledge construction and scientific controversies."--Social Studies of Science, vol. 26 (1996) pp. 182­186.



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