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Reframing RightsBioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age$
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Sheila Jasanoff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015950

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015950.001.0001

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Despotism and Democracy in the United Kingdom: Experiments in Reframing Citizenship

Despotism and Democracy in the United Kingdom: Experiments in Reframing Citizenship

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(p.239) 11 Despotism and Democracy in the United Kingdom: Experiments in Reframing Citizenship
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Reframing Rights
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Robert Doubleday

Brian Wynne

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015950.003.0126

This chapter concentrates on the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods into Britain. It describes how citizenship was reframed through the partial realignment of governance with respect to the science, technology, and innovation politics of genetic modification. This chapter shows that Unilever tried to cope with public controversy over GM technologies in the UK. It suggests that the GM experience highlights the complexity and open-endedness of public attitudes in relation to issues involving science and government. It indicates that UK discourse and practices appear to have generated some genuinely cosmopolitan initiatives while remaining deeply affected by what is characterized as despotic insecurities and forces.

Keywords:   genetically modified crops, Britain, citizenship, genetic modification, Unilever, UK, science

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