Risk definition and the struggle for legitimation: a case study of Bt cotton in Andhra Pradesh, India

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dc.contributor.author Desmond, Elaine
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-07T16:54:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-07T16:54:42Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-20
dc.identifier.citation Desmond, E. (2015) ‘Risk definition and the struggle for legitimation: a case study of Bt cotton in Andhra Pradesh, India’, Journal of Risk Research, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/13669877.2015.1042504 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 16 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3252
dc.description.abstract This article explores the struggle for legitimation associated with the attempt to define the risk of Bt cotton, a genetically modified crop, in Andhra Pradesh, India. Beck asserts that, given the uncertainty associated with risk society, efforts to define risk are creating the need for a new political culture. This article argues that this political culture emerges from attempts to legitimate power within risk definition. This is examined using critical discourse analysis on interview excerpts with key figures in the Bt cotton debate. Legitimation is explored using the categories of legitimation developed by Van Leeuwen. These are (a) authorisation; (b) moral evaluation; (c) rationalisation; and (d) mythopoesis. The analysis highlights that the political culture which emerges in response to risk society is in a state of constant flux and contingent upon the ongoing struggle for legitimation with regard to the definition of risk. en
dc.description.sponsorship University College Cork (W.J. Leen Scholarship) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.rights © 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Risk Research on 20 May 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13669877.2015.1042504 en
dc.subject Risk en
dc.subject Legitimation en
dc.subject Democracy en
dc.subject Development en
dc.subject India en
dc.subject Genetically modified crops en
dc.subject Critical discourse analysis en
dc.title Risk definition and the struggle for legitimation: a case study of Bt cotton in Andhra Pradesh, India en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Elaine Desmond, Sociology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Email: Elainedesmond5@hotmail.com en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council en
dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Risk Research en
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