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What lies beneath the surface?: A case study of citizens' moral reasoning with regard to biodiversity
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (CDR, YES)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6613-5974
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
2011 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 217-237Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on a Swedish case where a biological insecticide has been used to fight mosquitoes in order to reduce the nuisance to humans. The case concerns conflicting values regarding environmental protection. People's quality of life in the summers is placed in opposition to long-term risks to biodiversity. On the surface, the affected lay-population is one-sidedly positive about the intervention. However, interviews with citizens revealed a more complex picture, where the majority also touched upon value conflicts. At the same time, different psychological mechanisms for handling these dilemmas hindered more critical and doubtful views from being included in societal deliberations concerning the intervention. By way of conclusion, we argue that it is important to create deliberative arrangements that acknowledge the emotional and contradictory side of human nature and that encourage people to dare to voice standpoints that may be seen as uncomfortable or inconsistent.

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White Horse Press, 2011. Vol. 20, no 2, p. 217-237
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Psychology Sociology
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Psychology; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-13725DOI: 10.3197/096327111X12997574391760ISI: 000291279900006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857677263OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-13725DiVA, id: diva2:386750
Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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