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(English) Comparative analysis of two case studies on Genetically Modified Organisms research in Italy and the UK (Italiano) Analisi comparativa di due casi di studi di progetti di ricerca sugli Organismi Geneticamente Modificati in Italia e Inghilterra


  • Valentina Amorese


(English) This paper explores two research projects, the Farm Scale Evaluation (FSE) in the UK and GMOs in Agriculture in Italy. It asks what political, social or economic factors contributed to scientific responses to negative public opinion. The data I use for this paper range from mass media reports, government documents, scientific papers, websites and interviews with journalists and researchers. Comparing these two case studies, I contend that there are six main factors that influence scientists’ listening capacity. These include government, position and culture of science, private companies, types of publics, mass media and PUS academic debate. Finally, I contend that, as Wynne (2006) suggests, discourses of communication between science and society are positioned in close relation with the local cultures of science and policies. (Italiano) Questo articolo esplora due casi di studio di progetti di ricerca, Farm Scale evaluation e OGM in Agricoltura, sugli Organismi Genticamente Modificati, e si domanda quali fattori politici, sociali ed economici hanno contribuito a costruire le risposte della scienza alla resistenza del pubblico verso gli OGM. I dati che vengono utilizzati includono, articoli di giornale, documenti governativi, articoli accademici, siti web e interviste con giornalisti e ricercatori che hanno partecipato direttamente o indirettamente a questi progetti. Paragonando questi progetti emergono sei fattori dominanti che sembrano maggiormente influire sulla capacità degli scienziati di ascoltare il pubblico. Questi includono: il governo, la posizione della scienza nel contesto culturale italiano, le aziende private, i tipi di pubblico, il ruolo dei mass media nella comunicazione scientifica, e la natura del dibattito relativo al Public Understanding of Science. In conclusione, come suggerisce Brian Wynne (2006), i discorsi relativi alla comunicazione della scienza si collocano in stretta relazione alla cultura locale relativa alla comunicazione e politica della scienza.

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  • Valentina Amorese, 2012. "(English) Comparative analysis of two case studies on Genetically Modified Organisms research in Italy and the UK (Italiano) Analisi comparativa di due casi di studi di progetti di ricerca sugli Organ," IRPPS Working Papers 45:2012, National Research Council, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies.
  • Handle: RePEc:cnz:wpaper:45:2012

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