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See for yourself!: Enrolling the public in nuclear waste management
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores exhibitions of nuclear waste facilities and their use as a tool for enrolling the public in the Swedish nuclear waste programme. We argue that the planning process for the final disposal of nuclear waste has dual purposes. On one hand, the consultation meetings provide opportunities for dialogue among a broader set of actors – at least to some extent. The goal of the exhibitions, on the other hand, is to highlight the state of nuclear waste management today and the future goals for nuclear waste. Based on our observations of study visits to existing nuclear waste facilities and exhibitions of existing and planned facilities, we analyse the framing of the nuclear waste issue, how experiences are structured, and the type of visitor that is expected to attend the exhibits. The framing of nuclear waste management in the exhibitions should not be seen as separate from the public consultations, but as a critical tool for generating public interest in nuclear waste. Citizens need to be informed about the issue in order to become involved. The fact that the exhibitions are characterised by a ‘see for yourself’ logic, however, can be contrary to the aims of stimulating a dialogue on the future environmental impact.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm centre for organizational research , 2010. , 22 p.
, Scores rapportserie, ISSN 1404-5052 ; 8
Keyword [en]
nuclear waste, exhibitions, public consultations, enrolling publics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40504ISBN: 978-91-89658-70-7OAI: diva2:324238
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2010-06-14 Last updated: 2011-01-25Bibliographically approved

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