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Taming rhetorical crisis?: nuclear waste management in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Communication and Conflict, 2011Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper is a presentation of a work in progress, a part of a PhD project in rhetoric at Örebro University, Sweden. The aim is to understand how deliberation is affected by rhetorical crisis, and how deliberation might reduce the consequences of crisis. The way of describing a conflict in terms of rhetorical crisis was introduced in 1981, by rhetorical scholars Thomas B. Farrell and Thomas Goodnight. It has shown to be a possible term to describe the historical situation of nuclear waste management in Sweden.

Swedish nuclear waste management is considered a good example internationally of how community acceptance is developed concerning high risk industrial projects. But it is also an example of how relations between different actors – such as environmental organisations, scientists, government authorities and the nuclear industry – have developed through what could be called communication breakdowns and breakthroughs. A number of conflicts between the industry and local population occurred during the 1980'ies, in connection with site investigations on different locations. These conflicts can be seen as situations in which previously functional communication practices failed and new practices had to be developed. In accordance with theories on crisis development, these situations were also occasions of possibility for actors to meet in dialogue.

The concept of taming rhetorical crisis could be important for the understanding of the present situation of nuclear waste management in Sweden. To this date, a number of different projects have been initiated by the actors involved in order to handle the issue, which might be better understood in the light of crisis management. Deliberations initiated by the governmental body of the Swedish National Council for Nuclear Waste are in particular focus for this case.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keywords [en]
Rhetoric, risk, crisis, communication, nuclear power, waste management
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Languages and Literature
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Rhetoric
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42220OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-42220DiVA, id: diva2:783337
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Communication and Conflict, Prague, Czech Republic, November 3-5, 2011
Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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