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Opening up animal research and science-society relations?: a thematic analysis of transparency discourses in the United Kingdom

McLeod, Carmen; Hobson-West, Pru

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Carmen McLeod



Abstract

The use of animals in scientific research represents an interesting case to consider in the context of the contemporary preoccupation with transparency and openness in science and governance. In the United Kingdom, organisations critical of animal research have long called for more openness. More recently, organisations involved in animal research also seem to be embracing transparency discourses. This article provides a detailed analysis of publically available documents from animal protection groups, the animal research community and government/research funders. Our aim is to explore the similarities and differences in the way transparency is constructed and to identify what more openness is expected to achieve. In contrast to the existing literature, we conclude that the slipperiness of transparency discourses may ultimately have transformative implications for the relationship between science and society and that contemporary openness initiatives might be sowing the seeds for change to the status quo.

Citation

McLeod, C., & Hobson-West, P. (2016). Opening up animal research and science-society relations?: a thematic analysis of transparency discourses in the United Kingdom. Public Understanding of Science, 25(7), https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662515586320

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 25, 2015
Online Publication Date May 25, 2015
Publication Date Oct 31, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 10, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 10, 2016
Journal Public Understanding of Science
Print ISSN 0963-6625
Electronic ISSN 1361-6609
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 7
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662515586320
Keywords animals and science, openness, public trust in science, transparency discourses
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38645
Publisher URL http://pus.sagepub.com/content/25/7/791
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

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Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0





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