Between Democracy and Technocracy: Ecology as Multidisciplinary Science in the Transpacific Cold War
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This paper investigates the circulation of ecological knowledge and practices between North America and Southeast Asia via ecologists’ involvement in the politics of science during the Transpacific Cold War. Historians have documented how American scientists in the early Cold War (1945–1965) faced the contradiction between their apparent ‘freedom’ to conduct research compared to scientists in socialist countries, on the one hand, and the imperative to depoliticise the connection between their research and the military-industrial complex, on the other hand. Historians have also shown how the environmental, civil rights and antiwar movements severely challenged this apolitical science by the late 1960s. The popularisation of ecology and its convergence with environmental politics after the 1970s are often viewed as part of this trend of repoliticising science in North America.
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