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Narrating on the fly: a case study of the monarch butterfly and the management of scientific ambiguity, complexity, and uncertainty
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1495-8346
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To translate scientific knowledge into actions in social practices outside of science has been highlighted as one of the biggest challenges in environmental conservation. What has been presented as a key in this process is to balance between the need of new knowledge to explain details of nature’s complexity and the need to simplify the complexity to make it manageable, a balance that is supposed to contribute to transform knowing into doing. As this challenge is faced to meet the need of science based environmental decisions, it becomes more and more important to also ask the question of how this translation is done, this to understand what consequences it brings to what is, and could be, known and done.

By using the case of themonarch butterfly, this study provides knowledge of how the translation of knowledge between different social settings, such as science, citizen science, and policy, are being executed in an ongoing scientific and policy discussion. The study combines document studies with an interview study including scientists, citizen scientists, and ENGO representatives, all positioned in the center(s) of the monarch community. The analysis shows how a strong and engaging narrative are being constructed of the monarch butterfly by balancing detailed knowledge with general descriptions, inclusion and common knowledge with particularities and expertise, and consensus with conflicts.

The study shows how scientific ambiguity, complexity, and uncertainty are managed throughout the process of trying to translate knowing into doing, findings of importance to environmental conservation as well as to scientific communication more generally

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2015.
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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-46103ISBN: 978-80-7330-272-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46103DiVA: diva2:861068
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12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination, Prague, Czech Republic, August 25-28, 2015
Available from: 2015-10-15 Created: 2015-10-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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