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Les intermédiaires du risque : recherche, alerte, surveillance : mobilisations scientifiques face aux introductions de pathogènes de quarantaine en agriculture

Abstract : Studying scientific mobilizations surrounding the introduction of agricultural quarantine pest in France, this dissertation analyzes how research actors and organizations (INRA) take part in the collective management of health and environmental issues. It is based on qualitative investigations and on a theoretical framework that combines organizational sociology, Risk Studies and Science & Technology Studies. The dissertation shows that the scientific participation to the pest management consists largely of “intermediation activities”. It shows how those activities, that aim not necessarily at producing scientific knowledge, support, outside formalized expertise and public controversies arenas, the development of social links and agreements between the various social worlds that are concerned (Science, Politics, Industry). The dissertation is organized in five chapters, each one allowing for the exploration of these “intermediation activities” and for the analysis of different collective processes: pest alert, outbreak and crisis management, research programs development, biosecurity norms implementation and pest monitoring and surveillance. The dissertation concludes discussing the ongoing rationalization processes in the field of health and environment problems management.
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Giovanni Prete. Les intermédiaires du risque : recherche, alerte, surveillance : mobilisations scientifiques face aux introductions de pathogènes de quarantaine en agriculture. Sociologie. Sciences Po - Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 2010. Français. ⟨tel-02401959⟩

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