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Folk theories of nanoscientists

By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleFolk theories of nanoscientists
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRip, Arie
JournalScience as Culture
Date PublishedDecember, 2006
PublisherRoutledge Press
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0950-5431
KeywordsPublic Perception

Article looks at the folk theories – or patterns and generalizations about what happens in certain social situations – surrounding nanotechnology development. For example, the idea of an impasse in the development of genetically modified food technologies, coupled with statements about the need to avoid such conflict in the development of nanotechnology. The article presents clusters of folk theories surrounding nanotechnology, and uses them to understand the exaggerated concern about public reactions to nanotechnology and how these folk theories are used by Nanotechnologists to position the future of nanotechnology and their own role in it.