The representation of nano as a risk in Swedish news media coverage
2013 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 16, no 3, 227-244 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Focusing on the role of language in categorization and on the broad conceptual ﬁ eld centred on the morpheme nano, this study addresses the association between phenomena referred to by words having nano as a constituent and risk in Swedish newspaper reporting. The study raises the question of how nano- associated phenomena (e.g. nanotechnology and nanoparticle) are represented as risks? Articles considered for analysis contain both a word having nano as a constituent and the Swedish words for risk or danger. Articles representing nano-associated phenomena (e.g. nanotechnology and nanoparticle) as risks mainly fall into one of ﬁve groups: (I) nanotechnology, without reference to particles, materials or products; (II) nanotechnology, nanoparticles, nanomaterials and/or products containing such particles and materials; (III) nanoparticles in products, but without reference to nanotechnology; (IV) nanotechnology and nanorobots; and (V) non-nanotechnological nanoparticles. For each group, using a theoretical approach addressing the relational nature of risk, the paper analyses representations of objects at risk, bad outcomes, causal conditions, reference to applications and sources cited. Various patterns of these categories emerge for the ﬁ ve groups, indicating a diversi ﬁ ed set of associations between nano and risk. In certain respects, the ﬁ ndings support the results of other studies of media reporting on nanotechnology, suggesting certain international patterns of newspaper coverage of nanotechnology drawing on both science and science ﬁction.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge , 2013. Vol. 16, no 3, 227-244 p.
nano, risk, newspaper media
Social Sciences Nano Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180307DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2012.726243ISI: 000315437500006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84874292187OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-180307DiVA: diva2:892421
QC 201601272016-01-102016-01-102016-01-27Bibliographically approved