publication . Article . 2008

Social identities and risk: expert and lay imaginations on pesticide use.

Pernille Kaltoft; Mette Jensen; Anders Blok;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2008
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
International audience; Expert-based environmental and health risk regulation is widely believed to suffer from a lack of public understanding and legitimacy. On controversial issues such as genetically modified organisms and food-related chemicals, a “lay—expert discrepancy” in the assessment of risks is clearly visible. In this article, we analyze the relationship between scientific experts and ordinary lay citizens in the context of risks from pesticide usage in Denmark. Drawing on concepts from the “sociology of scientific knowledge” (SSK), we contend that differences in risk perception must be understood at the level of social identities. On the basis of qu...
free text keywords: Social Sciences & Humanities, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Communication, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Risk perception, Argument, Social identity theory, Interpersonal relationship, Public relations, business.industry, business, Legitimacy, Sociology of scientific knowledge, Poison control, Environmental exposure, Psychology
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