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From Biotech to Nanotech

Public Debates about Technological Modifi cation of Food

Jennifer B. Rogers-Brown, Christine Shearer, and Barbara Herr Harthorn

Technological modifications of food are being marketed as novel products that will enhance consumer choice and nutritional value. A recent manifestation is nanotechnology, entering the global food chain through food production, pesticides, vitamins, and food packaging. This article presents a detailed literature review on risk and benefit perceptions of technological developments for food and agriculture, including our own research from US deliberative workshops on nanotechnologies. The article suggests that many of the public concerns discussed in the literature on biotechnology in food are being raised in qualitative and quantitative studies on nanotechnologies for food: although nanotechnologies are generally perceived to be beneficial, many people express particular uneasiness about nanotechnological modifications of food. The article argues that these concerns represent material examples of unresolved social issues involving technologies and the food industry, including questions about the benefits of nanotechnology for food, and the heightened values attached to food as a cultural domain.

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Gauging the Propagandist's Talents

William Le Queux's Dubious Place in Literary History: Part One

A. Michael Matin

wartime. In terms of methodology, the central aim is to augment means for gauging Le Queux's efficacy as a propagandist by developing and applying to his polemical writings an approach based on recent advances in the study of risk perception. In an earlier

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Gauging the Propagandist's Talents

William Le Queux's Dubious Place in Literary History: Part Two

A. Michael Matin

identified in the first part of this study to be their typical risk-perception-eliciting devices (such as those designed to evoke availability bias, probability neglect, hazard intrusiveness and representativeness bias 11 ), and it thus provides edifying

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‘William Le Queux, Master of Misinformation’

Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

's Dubious Place in Literary History. Parts One and Two’, which uses a cutting-edge methodology based on risk-perception analysis to theorise that Le Queux was an effective promoter of hyperactive national security risk assessments. 45 As the first part of

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Anna Scolobig, Luigi Pellizzoni, and Chiara Bianchizza

: citizens’ risk perception and awareness (as operationalized and measured in the questionnaire surveys); risk communication among the involved parties (local people, authorities, civil protection service etc.); knowledge about risk issues (territory, risk

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The International Circulation and Impact of Invasion Fiction

Case Study of William Le Queux's The Invasion of 1910 – ‘Not an ordinary “pot-boiler”’

Ailise Bulfin

Queux's scenarios on this wide readership is Michael Matin's theorisation of the impact of invasion fiction on distorting risk perception, in which he argues: these texts likely effected their ends by what we can retrospectively identify as their

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Marco Sonnberger and Michael Ruddat

studies on energy technology acceptance (e.g., Bronfman et al. 2012 ; Devine-Wright 2008 ; Greenberg 2009 ; Wolsink 2007 ). In particular, research related to the psychometric paradigm of risk perception ( Slovic 1992 ) has shown that the subjective

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Two Worlds of Environmentalism?

Empirical Analyses on the Complex Relationship between Postmaterialism, National Wealth, and Environmental Concern

Jochen Mayerl and Henning Best

( Fairbrother 2013 ; Lo 2016 ), but a significant negative ( Lo 2016 ) or no effect ( Marquart-Pyatt 2012 ) on risk perception of environmental problems. Interestingly, using WVS data, Fred Pampel (2014) found that individual SES (income and education) is

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Elemental Imagination and Film Experience

Climate Change and the Cinematic Ethics of Immersive Filmworlds

Ludo de Roo

.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 20 ( 1 ): 61 – 78 . doi: 10.3138/cjfs.20.1.61 . Leiserowitz , Anthony A. 2004 . “ Before and After the Day After Tomorrow: A U.S. Study of Climate Change Risk Perception .” Environment: Science and Policy for

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Private Politics in the Garden of England

An Atypical Case of Anti–Wind Farm Contention

Matthew Ogilvie

?” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 12 ( 4 ): 1129 – 1147 . Vasi , Ion Bogdan , and Brayden King 2012 . “ Social Movements, Risk Perceptions, and Economic Outcomes: The Effect of Primary and Secondary Stakeholder Activism on Firms’ Perceived