Social Divisions of Trust: Scepticism and Democracy in the GM Nation? Debate

Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2006) Social Divisions of Trust: Scepticism and Democracy in the GM Nation? Debate. Journal of Risk Research, 9 (1). pp. 75-95. ISSN 1366-9877. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper reviews recent developments in research on institutional and expert trust across a number of disciplines to show that a deferential and accepting public stance in relation to officially sanctioned judgements is increasingly being replaced by a more sceptical approach. One outcome is a move towards greater public engagement in issues of high profile new technology. This paper reviews the literature and considers the most substantial public engagement exercise in the UK so far – the GM Nation? debate in 2002-3. It shows that scepticism is widespread but that the relation between scepticism and trust differs across social groups. Among the more privileged scepticism undermines trust. Among working class and less well educated groups scepticism and trust are positively correlated

Item Type: Article
Projects: [16] Social Contexts and Responses to Risk
Uncontrolled keywords: trust; GM food; public consultation; social class; democracy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2008 13:09
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 09:13
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