Citizen Voices : Performing Public Participation in Science and Environment Communication

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  • Copyright: 2012-12-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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This volume explores the ways in which citizen voices on science and environmental issues are articulated, heard, marginalized, and silenced in mass media, policymaking, and other public venues. In a range of case studies from countries across Europe and North America, contributors offer empirical insights about the articulation of citizen voices, as well as citizens' scope for action in different national, cultural, and institutional contexts. Drawing on science and technology, environmental studies, and media and communication studies, they also present methods for foregrounding the role of communication in scientific and environmental governance.

Author Biography

Louise Phillips is Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University, Denmark. Anabela Carvalho is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of the University of Minho, Portugal, Julie Doyle is Principal Lecturer in Media Studies in the School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Brighton, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Public Participation and Mediap. 19
When Citizens Matter in the Mass Mediation of Science: The Role of Imagined Audiences in Multidirectional Communication Processesp. 21
Contested Ethanol Dreams - Public Participation in Environmental Newsp. 47
Citizen Action and Post-Socialist Journalism: The Responses of Journalists to a Citizen Campaign against Government Policy towards Smokingp. 73
Discourse Communities as Catalysts for Science and Technology Communicationp. 97
Online Talk: How Exposure to Disagreement in Online Comments Affects Beliefs in the Promise of Controversial Sciencep. 119
Public Participation and Formal Public Engagement Initiativesp. 137
Communicating about Climate Change in a Citizen Consultation: Dynamics of Exclusion and inclusionp. 139
Public Engagement as a Field of Tension between Bottom-up and Top-down Strategies: Critical Discourse Moments in an 'Energy Town'p. 163
The Stem Cell NetWork: Communicating Social Science through a Spatial Installationp. 187
Issue-centred Exploration with a Citizen Panel: Knowledge Communication and ICTs in Participatory City Governancep. 209
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