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Collective action framing genetic engineering resistance in New Zealand

Tucker, C (2011) Collective action framing genetic engineering resistance in New Zealand. Journal of Organic Systems, 6 (2), pp. 27-34.

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The genetic engineering resistance movement in New Zealand constructed strategic and meaningful interpretations of why the genetic engineering technique is problematic and what can be done about it. There are four central interpretations – explored here as collective action frames – that were used by key movement activists in their mobilisation activities. These four frames describe genetic engineering as ‘involving a wide range of issues’, ‘risky’, ‘unnatural’ and as ‘all about the ownership of life’. The characteristics of these frames are explained in this paper, along with an analysis of why it is that activists were able to achieve widespread resonance through their deployment of them. The successful framing and articulation of movement grievances is a critical movement activity for engagement of civil society in issues of great importance.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:biotechnology, genetic engineering, framing, social movement, activism, New Zealand
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Research affiliation: New Zealand > Massey University
Deposited By: Kristiansen, Dr Paul Erik
ID Code:19270
Deposited On:19 Aug 2011 09:44
Last Modified:19 Aug 2011 09:44
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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