Natural History Societies and Civic Culture in Victorian Scotland [Paperback]

Diarmid A. Finnegan (Author)

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ISBN: 9780822966357 | Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press | Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 248p,




Natural History Societies and Civic Culture in Victorian Scotland

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Winner of the Frank Watson Prize in Scottish History, 2011 The relationship between science and civil society is essential to our understanding of cultural change during the Victorian era. Science was frequently packaged as an appropriate form of civic culture, inculcating virtues necessary for civic progress. In turn, civic culture was presented as an appropriate context for enabling and supporting scientific progress. Finnegan's study looks at the shifting nature of this process during the nineteenth century, using Scotland as the focus for his argument. Considerations of class, religion and gender are explored, illuminating changing social identities as public interest in science was allowed - even encouraged - beyond the environs of universities and elite metropolitan societies.

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