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Enrolling the social sciences in nanotechscience

By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleEnrolling the social sciences in nanotechscience
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsJose, Lopez
JournalPracticing Anthropology
Date PublishedSpring, 2006
PublisherSociety for Applied Anthropology
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0888-4552

Article looks at the inclusion of ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) programs in large science projects, and asks if social scientists and anthropologists should be involved in these programs. He argues that many individuals hold the false notion that social implications of technology can be dealt with by merely projecting current trends into the future, and that ELSI programs are sometimes seen as a way of securing legitimacy and proving the success of a project. Instead of lending an illusion of control by unthinkingly participating in these types of programs, the author calls on social scientists to draw attention to the radical unpredictability of the development of sociotechnical devices processes like nanotechnology.