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Acknowledging risk, trusting expertise, and coping with uncertainty: citizens’ deliberation on spraying an insect population
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1495-8346
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In southern Gotland in the Baltic Sea, a moth outbreak has caused human nuisance & possible long-term effects on the tourist industry, prompting demands for intervention to reduce the insect population. At the same time, there have been warnings concerning the broader ecological consequences of spraying, not least for biodiversity. Through an interview study using a sample of local residents, their deliberations on the spraying are analyzed. In particular, the analysis focuses on the lay understanding of the situation & how this relates to a scientific understanding of it, its causes, & possible remedies. The study focuses on the narratives residents created to make sense of the situation and guide action, on the risks they associated with different action options, & on how these narratives relate to the expert view of the problem. The analysis shows that trust & distrust should not be seen as dichotomous, but must be more differentiated. Simultaneously, as the residents criticize specific knowledge claims & specific experts, their trust in science can strengthen. Furthermore, the analysis shows that citizen knowledge does not merely passively reflect science. Instead, citizens create meaning and construct knowledge by organizing personal experience and articulated knowledge claims into coherent narratives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keywords [en]
risk, trust, expertise, science and technology studies, biodiversity, spraying, regulation, pine processionary moth
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Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-15167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-15167DiVA, id: diva2:407634
Conference
International Sociological Association, ISA, XVII World Congress, Gothenburg 11-17 July 2010
Available from: 2011-03-31 Created: 2011-03-31 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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