By Heiko Hausendorf (ed.), Alfons Bora (ed.)

Citizenship speak refers to varied sorts of discourse initiated to make voters participate in politically and socially contested decision-making methods (‘citizen participation’). ‘Citizenship’ has, hence, turn into one of many mind-blowing key terms at any time when the democratic deficit of contemporary societies is moaned approximately. inquiring for citizenship to be conceived of as a communicative success, the current e-book exhibits that sociolinguistics and pragmatics can basically give a contribution to this interdisciplinary up to date factor of analysis: the quantity bargains a theoretically cutting edge inspiration of communicated citizenship and it provides a collection of methodological methods fitted to take care of this idea at an empirical point (including contributions from dialog research, severe Discourse research, Social Positioning concept, Speech Act idea and Ethnography). additionally, concrete information and empirical analyses are supplied which take in the case of decision-making tactics round the software of contemporary ‘green’ biotechnology (‘GMO box trials’). the quantity hence illustrates the type of findings and effects that may be anticipated from this new and promising method in the direction of citizenship speak.

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Communicating citizenship and social positioning part i Communicating citizenship as research subject 21 22 Alfons Bora and Heiko Hausendorf Communicating citizenship and social positioning Communicating citizenship and social positioning Theoretical concepts Alfons Bora and Heiko Hausendorf Communicating citizenship in administrative decision-making procedures – the basic idea This book offers methodological and empirical studies on citizen participation in the regulation of modern biotechnological applications in Europe, namely in the licensing procedure for the field release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Recent discussions have stressed the fact that behind this – legitimate – expertocratic use of knowledge a general problem could Communicating citizenship and social positioning emerge that is a problem of citizenship wherever citizens are affected by expertocratic modes of problem solving. This aspect can not sufficiently be treated under the topic of “public understanding of science and technology” (PUS), for the involvement of lay knowledge goes far beyond the process of policy making itself.

From this point of view, he has given the theory of the procedure a prominent position in his overall theory, a position that indeed comes close to the one that procedures have in the normative theories mentioned before. Finally, yet importantly, rational choice approaches and game theory reflect the importance of procedure; they predict that the effect of a game, amongst other factors, depends on which procedure is chosen for the game. Therefore, speaking about procedures, we strongly rely upon the fact that procedure is a relevant feature in most sociological theories.

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