Refeudalizing the Public Sphere: "Manipulated Publicity" in the Canadian Debate on GM Foods

@article{Magnan2006RefeudalizingTP,
  title={Refeudalizing the Public Sphere: "Manipulated Publicity" in the Canadian Debate on GM Foods},
  author={Andr{\'e} Magnan},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Sociology},
  year={2006},
  volume={31},
  pages={25 - 53}
}
This article develops Habermas' concept of refeudalization in a critical assessment of the public debate surrounding genetically modified (GM) food in Canada. A recent initiative by the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, a federal consultative body, is evaluated according to the normative criteria of Habermas' ideal-typical public sphere. In turn, the case study uses Habermas' account of the structural transformation of the public sphere to examine ways in which political-economic… CONTINUE READING

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