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Bricolage in action: learning about, making sense of, and discussing issues about genetically modified crops and food

Horlick-Jones, Thomas Edward, Walls, John and Kitzinger, Jenny 2007. Bricolage in action: learning about, making sense of, and discussing issues about genetically modified crops and food. Health, Risk & Society 9 (1) , pp. 83-103. 10.1080/13698570601181623

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Abstract

Making sense of new technologies and their associated risks entails lay people in utilizing various modes of reasoning and making use of a range of interpretative resources at hand to interrogate evidence. Such sense making is accomplished collectively in ways that are sometimes playfully inventive, and which have regard to ideas of accountability and morally acceptability. In practice, such bricolage-like processes appear to have certain similarities with the work of everyday scientific investigation. This paper examines these processes of lay practical reasoning by adopting an analytic stance that is concerned with examining the fine detail of what people demonstrably do in accomplishing such work. It draws on data generated by number of reconvened discussion groups, which formed a component part of the recent public debate in the UK about the possible commercialization of genetically modified crops.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talk about risk, practical reasoning, new technologies, genetic modification (GM), moral discourse, fantasy, scientific work
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1369-8575
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3241

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