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Lay and expert perceptions of zoonotic risks: understanding conflicting perspectives in the light of moral theory.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15808359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As in many other areas, there is a divide between lay and expert perceptions of risk within the food sector, and this can lead to disagreement over priorities in food risk management. The risk perception literature tends to stress that the parties involved in this disagreement have different concepts of risk and hence are bound more or less to talk at cross-purposes. This paper suggests an alternative analysis: In the light of moral theory, the conflicting perspectives can be understood as a genuine moral conflict. When this conflict is conceptualised, a rational dialogue becomes possible. The paper reports a series of qualitative interviews with lay people and experts on zoonotic food risks. The interviews are used to reconstruct the values underlying some of the dominant perspectives. The conflict between these stylised perspectives is then analysed with the help of moral theory. Finally, some consequences for risk communication are made clear.
K K Jensen; J Lassen; P Robinson; P Sandøe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of food microbiology     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0168-1605     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Food Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-05     Completed Date:  2005-06-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412849     Medline TA:  Int J Food Microbiol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment (CeBRA), Dept. of Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric, University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 80, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Syndrome / transmission
Expert Testimony*
Interviews as Topic
Public Opinion*
Risk Assessment / methods
Risk Factors
Risk Management / methods,  organization & administration
Salmonella Food Poisoning / transmission

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