Turning Experts Into Self-Reflexive Speakers: The Problematization of Technical-Scientific Expertise Relative to Alternative Forms of Expertise

Karen Mogendorff*, Hedwig te Molder, Cees van Woerkum, Bart Gremmen

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Abstract

Bio-experts’ portrayals of laypeople are considered problematic. Two discursive action method workshops with 17 participants were organized to discover whether plant experts can engage in reflexive problematization of their own talk about and in front of laypeople and whether plant experts’ analyses may offer insights with regard to the hegemony of technical-scientific expertise. Participants discussed the interactional effects of real-life expert talk. Plant experts’ discussions indicate that they can problematize how their talk-in-interaction helps reproduce the supremacy of technical-scientific expertise. Results also suggest that plant experts may offer complementary insights to social scientists’ analyses of plant experts’ talk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-50
Number of pages25
JournalScience Communication
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • discursive action method
  • discursive psychology
  • experts’ discourse
  • follow-up study
  • reflexive problematization
  • technical-scientific expertise

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