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Narrating the Monarch Butterfly: Managing Knowledge Complexity and Uncertainty in Coproduction of a Collective Narrative and Public Discourse
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Miljösociologi)ORCID iD: 000-0002-1495-8346
2017 (English)In: Science communication, ISSN 1075-5470, E-ISSN 1552-8545, Vol. 39, no 4, 492-519 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In January 2014, the monarch butterfly reached North American political agendas due to reports of a long-term population decline. Requests were made for reliable descriptions of what was known about the butterfly, its population and migration, and the actions needed to protect it. This article studies the construction of the collective narrative that has come to dominate the public discourse on the butterfly. The analysis demonstrates how complexity and uncertainty in monarch knowledge have been managed through a process of coproduction, where focus has been on emphasizing knowledge certainty by portraying science and conservation as two separate but dependent social spheres.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 39, no 4, 492-519 p.
Keyword [en]
coproduction of knowledge, collective narrative, knowledge complexity, uncertainty, monarch butterfly
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-59052DOI: 10.1177/1075547017719548ISI: 000406556100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85026304682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-59052DiVA: diva2:1129739
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Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Academic Venture Fund, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Available from: 2017-08-07 Created: 2017-08-07 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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