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.
2011. Vol. 20, no 2, 217-237 p.