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What lies beneath the surface? A case study of citizens’ moral reasoning with regard to biodiversity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Centre for Urban and Regional Research, Örebro University.
2011 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 20, no 2, 217-237 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on a Swedish case where a biological insecticide has been

used to fight mosquitoes in order to reduce the nuisance to humans. The case

concerns conflicting values regarding environmental protection. People’s quality

of life in the summers is placed in opposition to long-term risks to biodiversity.

On the surface, the affected lay-population is one-sidedly positive about the intervention.

However, interviews with citizens revealed a more complex picture,

where the majority also touched upon value conflicts. At the same time, different

psychological mechanisms for handling these dilemmas hindered more critical

and doubtful views from being included in societal deliberations concerning

the intervention. By way of conclusion, we argue that it is important to create

deliberative arrangements that acknowledge the emotional and contradictory

side of human nature and that encourage people to dare to voice standpoints

that may be seen as uncomfortable or inconsistent.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 20, no 2, 217-237 p.
Keyword [en]
insecticide, value conflicts, ambivalence, coping mechanisms, deliberation
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-165469OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-165469DiVA: diva2:473912
Available from: 2012-01-08 Created: 2012-01-08 Last updated: 2012-01-09Bibliographically approved

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