Nature, Risk and Responsibility

Discourses of Biotechnology

  • Patrick O’Mahony
  • Jo Campling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Biotechnology, Uncertainty and Contestation

  3. Theoretical Reflections on Biotechnology and Responsibility

  4. Constructing Values: Public Communication on Biotechnology

  5. The Dynamics of Institutionalisation: Juridification and Regulation of Biotechnology

  6. Concluding Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Tracey Skillington
      Pages 187-198
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 199-232

About this book


Nature, Risk and Responsibility explores ethical interpretations of biotechnology and examines whether sufficient consensus exists or is emerging to enable this technology to occupy a stable role in the techno-economic, social and cultural order. The contributors address the nature and prospective implications of biotechnologies for nature, life and social organisation and employ a wide range of social theories to evaluate risks and propose responses.


biotechnology communication innovation Institution nature organization participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick O’Mahony
    • 1
  • Jo Campling
  1. 1.Centre for European Social ResearchUniversity CollegeCorkIreland

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