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Sabotage and subterfuge: public relations, democracy and genetic engineering in New Zealand

Media, Culture and Society, vol.24 pp.325-343, 29/04/2002

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Resource IDweaver2002
Resource titleSabotage and subterfuge: public relations, democracy and genetic engineering in New Zealand
Author(s)C. Kay Weaver and Judy Motion
Publication/ sourceMedia, Culture and Society, vol.24 pp.325-343
Date published29/04/2002
Summary text/ abstractPublic relations has often been criticized for playing a pivotal role in the corporate sector's attempts to undermine public debate and concern about environmental issues. Analyses of corporate environmental public relations work demonstrate how businesses are promoted as 'environmentally responsible' and how this can succeed in pacifying concerned publics when the validity of these evidently persuasive claims is highly questionable. Yet critics of 'environmental' public relations practices have not examined how they are actively encouraged and accepted by the politics of neo-liberal market economies and governments. In this article, we argue that in New Zealand such an economy provided the 'justification' for corporate and government public relations attempts to stifle public debate about the environmental and health implications of genetic engineering research.
Library categoriesDirect Action & Protest, Economics, Food & Agriculture, Politics, Simplicity
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