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dc.contributor.advisorCameron, Glen T.eng
dc.contributor.authorPrasad, Samireng
dc.coverage.spatialEuropean Union countrieseng
dc.date.issued2011eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 13, 2011).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Glen T. Cameron.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism.eng
dc.description.abstractThe thesis is an attempt to merge diffusion of innovations with contingency theory, and examine controversy on gene modification in European Union with the combined model. According to the combined theoretical model: the components/requirements of an innovation may come in conflict with adopter's settings, and the adopter takes a stance, which moves on a continuum depending upon internal and external variables. Application of gene modification technology in food is one such innovation. Over the years it has become one of the most controversial issues in European Union. On the one hand it is perceived as having far-reaching implication in the field of agriculture and rural development; while on the other, it is objected on health, ethical and environmental grounds. The study examined EU's legislation and newspaper reports through qualitative method, to observe its stance. The findings verified that EU's stance moved over time and it was dependent on various internal and external variables; thus sustaining the combined model. Besides, the findings also revealed that the significance of variables increased and decreased with time, and they interacted with each other, which in turn had an affect on EU's stances.eng
dc.format.extentviii, 75 pageseng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/11501
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2011 Freely available theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2011Theseseng
dc.subject.lcshEuropean Unioneng
dc.subject.lcshGenetically modified foodseng
dc.subject.lcshAgriculture and stateeng
dc.subject.lcshRural developmenteng
dc.titleControversies in acceptance of genetically modified food by European Union: symptoms of conflicts in diffusion of an innovationeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalism (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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