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Title: Learning about dentistry: Enacting problems at the Wellcome Collection exhibition 'Teeth'
Authors: Dungey, C
Stephens, N
Keywords: Health communication;Public understanding of science and technology;Science centres and museums
Issue Date: 19-Sep-2018
Publisher: Sissa Medialab
Citation: Journal of Science Communication, 2018, 17 (3)
Abstract: We review how the Wellcome Collection exhibition 'Teeth' enacts meanings from an educational anthropology and Science and Technology Studies perspective. The exhibition tells the history of dental science. It starts with accounts of the painful procedures and social inequalities of early oral healthcare. As it moves towards the present day it shows improved scientific knowledge, tools and public health promotion, and closes with current sophisticated technologies and practices. However it underrepresents contemporary social inequalities. We conclude that science communication exhibition curators should strive to represent the problems of today as well as those of the past.
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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