Contesting Moralities: Science, Identity, Conflict (UCL) by Nannekke Redclift

By Nannekke Redclift

Questions of private and non-private morality, values and offerings became very important parts of collective discussion.  A key function of this booklet is that it takes an ethnographic instead of a philosophical or speculative method of ethical debates. This learn examines the modern explosion of moral discourse within the public area and the starting to be significance of ethical rhetoric as a facet of social relations.

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SAMENESS AND EQUALITY FOR ALL: THE FOOD REGULATORS’ DILEMMA The Norwegian food regulators Statens Næringsmiddeltilsyn (SNT) are responsible for regulating food manufacture. Early on, their regulation of genetics reflected attempts to adhere to these traditions and subject scientific knowledge and genetic engineering to control at the hands of ‘the people’. Early guidelines on genetically modified ingredients, developed by SNT, were thus the result of consensus processes (see Recipient 2, Figure 2).

The issue of education, exam-time, and knowledge were simply a non-issue. 9 I later learned that the russ are in fact now performing their 18-day ritual of drunken debauchery before their final exams (Sande, pers comm). 10 Debate about whether the russ go too far is present, but is rarely 9 Sande (2000) tells us that the tradition in fact developed from matriculation at the University of Copenhagen, where the Norwegian bourgeoisie sent their children to be educated until the founding of a University in Oslo in the 19th century.

He carried on to the main talk and started by discussing the local elections in Norway … how political discussions focus on how to divide and share welfare, and focus very little on the issue of value creation which is needed in order to have welfare in the first place. (Fieldnotes) This moment of music and imagery evoked many things: purity and cleansing, Norwegian identity, land7 and an almost religious togetherness. I suggest this moment, like other moments of ‘art’ at later points in the conference, signalled a need to identify the conference as a highly Norwegian event, despite the fact that English was the conference language, and that biotechnology was considered a global technology.

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