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Title: Worldviews and discursive construction of GMO-related risk perceptions in Turkey
Authors: Veltri, Giuseppe Alessandro
Suerdem, Ahmet K.
First Published: 15-Nov-2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Public Understanding of Science, 2013, 22 (2), pp. 137-154
Abstract: This paper analyses the discursive construction of the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) issue in the Turkish political arena following the public debate on the pending legislation on biosecurity. The study proposes an operational approach to semiotic/actor network theory (Latour) applied to public representations of a new technology within the theoretical frameworks of social representation theory and cultural theory of risks. It aims to highlight how different worldviews produce different risk discourses of GMOs in Turkey. Using cluster analysis to inductively extract evaluative categories, we use these to identify themes by human coding. Lastly, we apply formal concept analysis to link themes to actors and their worldviews, establishing their semantic networks. Formal concept analysis revealed four discourse networks reflecting nationalist, Islamist, progressive (left) and neo-liberal worldviews. Finally, these structures will be grounded back in the articles for a richer interpretive analysis.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0963662511423334
ISSN: 0963-6625
eISSN: 1361-6609
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s) 2011.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication

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