Transgenic Silences: The Rhetoric of Comparisons and Transgenic Mice as ‘Ordinary Treasures’

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Transgenic Silences: The Rhetoric of Comparisons and Transgenic Mice as ‘Ordinary Treasures’
Author(s) Holmberg, Tora ; Ideland, Malin
Date 2009
English abstract
This article addresses how people who handle transgenic animals in practice – laboratory workers and members of animal ethics committees – talk about and handle dilemmas with transgenic animals. It is shown how dilemmas associated with transgenic animals become back-grounded through rhetorical comparisons with “something else”. Through these comparisons, transgenic animals are framed as normal, ordinary and thereby unproblematic, on the one hand, and as exclusive treasures imbedded in hopes and expectations of future medical treatments, on the other. This tension builds up to a discourse on transgenic mice as ordinary treasures. Towards the end of the paper we discuss how this discourse tends to exclude possibilities of discussing specific dilemmas of genetically modified animals. Instead the discourse is contributing to certain transgenic silences. This paper is based on the project Dilemmas with transgenic animals, in which notions of culture and nature, risk and safety, innovation and organism, science and technology, are investigated in the scientific production, use and ethical evaluation of transgenic animals. The project builds on case studies in two different contexts; laboratories and animal ethics committees. The methods used are interviews and ethnographic fieldwork.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1745855209990251 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Cambridge Journals
Host/Issue Biosocieties;2-3
Volume 4
ISSN 1745-8552
Pages 165-181
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) transgenic animals
ethics
discourse analysis
rhetorics
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::Ethnology
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Sociology
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8729 (link to this page)

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