A Typology of Frames Specific to Science-Related Issues

A Typology of Frames Specific to Science-Related Issues By Matthew C. Nisbet & Dietram A. Scheufele ARTICLE EXTRAS The Future of Public Engagement Here's what you think How to start? Results of Our Online Survey Our Reader's Thoughts Social progress... improving quality of life, or solution to problems. Alternative interpretation as harmony with nature instead of mastery, "sustainability." Economic development/competitiveness

Matthew C. Nisbet & Dietram A. Scheufele
Oct 1, 2007

A Typology of Frames

Specific to Science-Related Issues

By Matthew C. Nisbet & Dietram A. Scheufele

Social progress... improving quality of life, or solution to problems. Alternative interpretation as harmony with nature instead of mastery, "sustainability."

Economic development/competitiveness... economic investment, market benefits or risks; local, national, or global competitiveness.

Morality/ethics... right or wrong; respecting or crossing limits, thresholds, or boundaries.

Scientific/technical uncertainty... expert understanding; what is known and unknown; invoking or undermining consensus, "sound science," or peer-review.

Pandora's box / Frankenstein's monster / runaway science... call for precaution in face of possible impacts or catastrophe. Out-of-control, a Frankenstein's monster, or as fatalism, i.e. action is futile, path is chosen, no turning back.

Public accountability/governance... public versus private good; ownership and control, responsible...

Third way/alternative path... possible compromise position, middle way between conflicting views or options.

Conflict/strategy... as a game among elites; who's ahead or behind in winning debate; battle of personalities; or groups; (usually journalist-driven interpretation).