Communication Conduct in an Island Community by Erving Goffman

By Erving Goffman

Goffman’s dissertation thesis, college of Chicago, 1953

Photo-reproduction of the unique record, 372 pages.

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As early as the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference held on the eve of the establishment of the PRC, the provisional constitution “The Common Program of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference” included suggestions from scientists that the nation be, “……devoted to developing natural science to serve industry, agriculture and national defense; encourage scientific founding and invention and to popularize scientific knowledge”. As prescribed by the “Common Program”, the central government set up a Science Popularization Bureau under the Ministry of Culture as the administration for science popularization.

These became strategic resources for the knowledge economy. The dominant power driving the knowledge economy forward was the innovation and application of knowledge. This feature upgraded the status and functions of science and technology communication and popularization in social development, and brought forward higher requirements of science and technology communication and popularization. They disseminated scientific and technological knowledge to sources of innovation among organizations. In a “science and technology driven” knowledge economy, it became more important than ever to popularize scientific and technological knowledge extensively and to continuously promote civic scientific Literacy.

14 1 History of Science & Technology Communication & Popularization When it entered the twentieth century, the specialization of science was further strengthened. The complexity of scientific knowledge increased and the distance between scientists and the public grew wider. This was especially true during the second scientific revolution, which was marked by atomic structure theory, relativity and quantum mechanics. The new science based on these three scientific theories showed a new world which was out of reach of most people.

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