Public debates as failed social dramas: The recombinant DNA controversy

Alan G. Gross

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Abstract

This essay exemplifies the usefulness of Victor Turner’s concept of social drama in an analysis of the public debate over recombinant DNA research. The analysis encourages a consideration of the various debates about science and technology as possible reenactments of ideological conflict, reenactments which, to society’s detriment, continually fail of satisfactory resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-409
Number of pages13
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1984

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