Citizen Voices

Performing Public Participation in Science and Environment Communication

Edited by Louise Phillips, Anabela Carvalho, and Julie Doyle

Edited by Louise Phillips, Anabela Carvalho, and Julie Doyle

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

231 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841506210 Published December 2012
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.
International Journal of Communication
"Citizen Voices is most satisfying in the way it interrogates, contextualizes, and challenges the all-too-familiar concepts of public participation and dialogue in a field generally considered complex."
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1. Introduction
      Louise Phillips, Anabela Carvalho and Julie Doyle
Part I: Public Participation and Media
2. When Citizens Matter in the Mass Mediation of Science: The Role of Imagined Audiences in Multidirectional Communication Processes
      Ursula Plesner
3. Contested Ethanol Dreams—Public Participation in Environmental News
      Annika Egan Sjölander and Anna Maria Jönsson
4. Citizen Action and Post-Socialist Journalism: The Responses of Journalists to a Citizen Campaign against Government Policy towards Smoking
      Pavel P. Antonov
5. Discourse Communities as Catalysts for Science and Technology Communication
      Hedwig te Molder
6. Online Talk: How Exposure to Disagreement in Online Comments Affects Beliefs in the Promise of Controversial Science
      Ashley A. Anderson, Dominique Brossard, Dietram A. Scheufele and Michael A. Xenos
Part II: Public Participation and Formal Public Engagement Initiatives
7. Communicating about Climate Change in a Citizen Consultation: Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion
      Louise Phillips
8. Public Engagement as a Field of Tension between Bottom-up and Top-down Strategies: Critical Discourse Moments in an ‘Energy Town’
      Anders Horsbøl and Inger Lassen
9. The Stem Cell NetWork: Communicating Social Science through a Spatial Installation
      Maja Horst
10. Issue-centered Exploration with a Citizen Panel: Knowledge Communication and ICTs in Participatory City Governance
      Pauliina Lehtonen and Jarkko Bamberg
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