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Gene myths in public perception
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics. (Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics)
2012 (English)In: Public Understanding of Science, ISSN 0963-6625, E-ISSN 1361-6609, Vol. 21, no 4, 478-494 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I examine myths in the gene science debate, and their use as a tool in analysis of popular perceptions and public opinion of genetic science and gene technology. In daily language myth means something untrue, though theories of myth present them as carriers of knowledge and truth. I understand myth as a narrative, a cultural construct that aims to describe the world, its origin, and its constituent elements. I compare scholars’ usage of myths, considering their implications. I conclude that i) As an analytical tool the concept of myth is too loosely defined, or understood through theories which leave out context, social relations and interaction. This provides limited insight about myths and myth-making in present day society. ii) An updated understanding of myths, including location/context and interaction/process would enrich analysis.

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2012. Vol. 21, no 4, 478-494 p.
Keyword [en]
Myth, Eurobarometer survey, public debate, public opinion, genetics
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Cultural Studies
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167428DOI: 10.1177/0963662510376284ISI: 000304702700007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167428DiVA: diva2:484812
Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-27 Last updated: 2012-08-03Bibliographically approved

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