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Citizen Voices
Performing Public Participation in Science and Environment Communication
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ISBN 9781841506210
Paperback 248 pages
230x170mm
Published September 2012
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Anabela Carvalho
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How is 'participation' ascribed meaning and practiced in science and environment communication? And how are citizen voices articulated, invoked, heard, marginalized or silenced in those processes? Citizen Voices takes its starting point in the so-called dialogic or participatory turn in scientific and environmental governance in which practices claiming to be based on principles of participation, dialogue and citizen involvement have proliferated. The book goes beyond the buzzword of 'participation' in order to give empirically rich, theoretically informed and critical accounts of how citizen participation is understood and enacted in mass mediation and public engagement practices. A diverse series of studies across Europe and the US are presented, providing readers with empirical insights into the articulation of citizen voices in different national, cultural and institutional contexts. Building bridges across media and communication studies, science and technology studies, environmental studies and urban planning studies, Citizen Voices also offers a range of different theories and research methodologies which foreground the role of communication processes in scientific and environmental governance.

To read the full review in Media International Australia click here to download the pdf.

To read the full review in International Journal of Communication click here to download the pdf.

Part of the ECREA series
Chapter titles
Chapter 1: Introduction
Louise Phillips, Anabela Carvalho and Julie Doyle
PART I: Public Participation and Media
Chapter 2: When Citizens Matter in the Mass Mediation of Science: The Role of Imagined Audiences in Multidirectional Communication Processes
Ursula Plesner
Chapter 3: Contested Ethanol Dreams – Public Participation in Environmental News
Annika Egan Sjölander and Anna Maria Jönsson
Chapter 4: Citizen Action and Post-Socialist Journalism: The Responses of Journalists to a Citizen Campaign against Government Policy towards Smoking
Pavel P. Antonov
Chapter 5: Discourse Communities as Catalysts for Science and Technology Communication
Hedwig te Molder
Chapter 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
Chapter 7: Communicating about Climate Change in a Citizen Consultation: Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion
Louise Phillips
Chapter 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
Chapter 9: The Stem Cell NetWork: Communicating Social Science through a Spatial Installation
Maja Horst
Chapter 10: Issue-centred Exploration with a Citizen Panel: Knowledge Communication and ICTs in Participatory City Governance
Pauliina Lehtonen and Jarkko Bamberg
Reviews
'This focus on the dialogic process is both timely and stimulating, given the increasing inclusion of public participation in governance processes, particularly in relation to development of government policy on environmental science.' – Media International Australia, Janet M. Harkin

'This edited scholarly book is a worthy read not just for those in the field of environment and science communication. There are at least four groups of people who would find this book useful: students, practitioners in the field, experts, and journalists. This book is an essential addition to the body of knowledge in this field. Further, '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' – International Journal of Communication, Lindani Mbunyuza-Memani

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