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The Call of Human Nature: Governmentality and Sexual Offence Prevention Policy in Taiwan

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Kevin Chien-Chang Wu
Department of Social Medicine, National Taiwan University College of Medicine;Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University College of Medicine and National Taiwan University Hospital

Since about ten years ago, in Taiwan, there have been booming legislative and administrative activities for female equality and protection. Sexual offence prevention policy is one the most important issues in the trend. Severe sexual crimes shocked society. Media abounds with reports and comments on sexual offenders. Statutes and regulations regarding sexual offence prevention have been revised frequently. Law governs people based on its understanding of human nature. The evolution of sexual offence prevention policy especially involves re-configuring sexual offenders' human nature.

Citation: 
Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 6 (April 2008), 69-110.

Risk Communication and Public Participation: A Case Study of Building Hsih-Chu's Science-based Industrial Park in I-lan

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Wen-Ling Tu, Li-Wen Shih, Ting-I Huang
Assistant professor, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University; Research assistant, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University; Graduate student, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University

Public participation and risk communication have become important components in environmental decision-making processes. However, public opposition and mistrust during risk communication often cripple policy-making processes. This case study examines risk communications on high-tech environmental controversies in three public forums (an Environmental Impact Assessment public hearing, a social protest, and a citizens' conference). This paper argues that policy-makers' technocratic tendency prevents them from communicating effectively with the public about environmental risk.

Citation: 
Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 5 (October 2007), 71-110.
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