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Risk as narrative value: a theoretical framework for facilitating the biotechnology debate

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Maintaining the global public good character of agricultural biotechnology requires the blending of many different values. Sometimes, however, there are large gaps between the values held by different stakeholder groups. Furthermore, there is a contradiction between what people say they value, and how they actually behave. Articulating and overcoming gaps and contradictions is key to reducing polarisation in risk deliberations. This paper presents a theoretical framework for understanding risk as value, and narrative as a tool for facilitating the global biotechnology debate.

Keywords: narrative values, risk perception, affect, emotion, genetic engineering, socio-cultural theory, policy, morality, agricultural biotechnology, GM debate, genetic modification, risk management

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