BSSRS was a part of a much wider movement of intellectuals and technicians that had deep historical roots in the history of radical and trades union politics but became a ferment in response to the Vietnam War and student movement of the mid-1960s. The movement had many facets.
Among them were...
a call for more democracy in educational institutions and workplaces, especially student representation
questioning hierarchies in medical and other training institutions
more social accountability in industries and research institutions, e.g., opposing using university computers to plan bombing patterns in Viet Nam
nuclear arms control
opposition to the use of chemical and biological weapons, land mines and cluster bombs
concern for over-use of pesticides and the 'Green Revolution'
technologies of political control, including closed circuit television cameras
energy policy, particularly nuclear technologies
agitation about hazards at work
anti-racist science teaching
radical psychology, sociology, economics, geography
radical history and philosophy of science
feminism as applied to science, technology and medicine
There was a related movement about the politics of knowledge in the arts, social sciences, medicine and the natural sciences in which the frameworks of ideas, assumptions and theories of knowledge were scrutinized both politically and philosophically.These critiques extended to the philosophical and ideological aspects of all forms of expertise. An impression of the scope of this movement can be gained from the following list of periodicals (popup) (link to). Rudi Dutschke, a leader of the German student movement, referred to this overall movement as 'the long march through the institutions'.
See attached file
David Kaye (1986), The life and times of BSSRS, Open University dissertation (A404: Arts and society in Britain since the thirties), September 1986. Transcribed (ocr/pdf) June 2018 by Mike Hales
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