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Exposed ScienceGenes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health$
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Sara Shostak

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275171

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275171.001.0001

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The Consensus Critique

The Consensus Critique

(p.48) Two The Consensus Critique
Exposed Science

Sara Shostak

University of California Press

Chapter 2 examines how scientists have used the ongoing conflicts, challenges, values, and narratives embedded in the contentious politics of environmental health to articulate the persistent challenges facing their field. It defines the concept of a “consensus critique”—an effort to bring stakeholders together around a set of shared concerns that transcend their substantive political, economic, and/or social differences. In this case, the consensus critique points to technical challenges and procedural limitations extant in toxicology testing, the environmental health risk assessment and regulation that diverse stakeholders tend to agree are problematic, even as they disagree vehemently about substantive and political matters, such as specific regulations.

Keywords:   consensus critique, narrative, framing, toxicology testing, risk assessment, regulation, stakeholders

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