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Attitudes to Gene Technology: The Significance of Trust in Institutions
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (RCR)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5000-311X
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (KRIHS, RCR)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5355-4280
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (KRIHS, RCR)
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2006 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 601-624Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This is a study of the relationship between trust in institutions and attitudes to gene technology in general, and GM food and stem cell research in particular. The role of so-called active trust is emphasised, meaning that trust is neither conceived as a trait nor a one-dimensional concept. The study uses data from a Eurobarometer survey of gene technology in Europe, conducted in 2002. People's attitudes in five European counties, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and United Kingdom are compared, and the significance of trust in institutions in these countries is investigated. The results show that trust in institutions has an impact on attitudes to gene technology. Trust in experts, stakeholders and official bodies are associated with positive attitudes to GM food and stem cell research, whereas trust in Non-Governmental Organisations is associated with negative perceptions of these technologies. This confirms the significant role of active trust.

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2006. Vol. 8, no 4, p. 601-624
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Trust institutions, gene technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-771DOI: 10.1080/14616690601002707ISI: 000243659900006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33751208039Local ID: 2893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-771DiVA, id: diva2:25803
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