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Problematic Publics: A Critical Review of Surveys of Public Attitudes to Biotechnology

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Davison, AG and Barns, I and Schibeci, R, Problematic Publics: A Critical Review of Surveys of Public Attitudes to Biotechnology, Science, Technology, & Human Values, 22, (3) pp. 317-348. ISSN 0162-2439 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/016224399702200303

Abstract

This article discusses a range of recent major surveys of public attitudes toward biotechnology. The authors identify a number of problematic features of the surveys: the use of predominantly consumerist rather than civic conception of public discourse; the assumption of a unitary "general public," a "cognitive deficit" approach to public understanding of science; and the presumption of a politically neutral and instrumentalist model of science and technology. The authors then examine some alternative approaches to exploring perceptions of biotechnology among a diversity of interested publics, including more focused dialogical surveys, consensus conferences, and parliamentary inquiries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Research Field:History and Philosophy of Engineering and Technology
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Law Enforcement
Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:29506
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:52
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2005-07-06
Last Modified:2005-07-06
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