Risks, regulations and rhetorics

Crook, S.A. (2001) Risks, regulations and rhetorics. In: Hindmarsh, R., and Lawrence, R., (eds.) Altered Genes II: The Future? Scribe Publications, Victoria, Australia, pp. 126-140.

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[Extract] This chapter analyses the 'riskiness of biotechnology, the ways in which its proponents and opponents articulate that riskiness, and the ways in which riskiness is managed. We usually think of risk management as something to do with calculations performed by scientific experts and with regulations put in place by governments. However, there is another less obvious site at which the risks of biotechnology are man­aged: the site of rhetorical struggles over the cultural meaning and what we might term the cultural riskiness of biotechnology. For its opponents, biotechnology is a source of novel and monstrous hazards linked to a fun­damental shift in the human relationship to nature. For the proponents, by contrast, biotechnological innovations are modest, natural, and productive improvements, the latest in a long line of benevolent human interventions in horticulture, animal husbandry, medicine, and other fields.

Item ID: 14316
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-908011-59-9
Keywords: genetically modified foods; risk analysis; social theory
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 23:30
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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