The Flexibility of Scientific Rhetoric: A Case Study of UFO Researchers

  title={The Flexibility of Scientific Rhetoric: A Case Study of UFO Researchers},
  author={Annette Cross},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
The case of ufology demonstrates that cultural packaging—a sort of once-removed indication of scientific authority—can be key in creating knowledge accepted as scientific. This adds a new dimension to the argument that scientific legitimacy is constructed, not just from scientific methodologies and institutional location, but also of language, culture, rhetoric, and symbols. Fringe researchers can make their cases for legitimacy using a variety of strategies—few of which involve actual research… Expand
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