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Integrating and Enacting ‘Social and Ethical Issues’ in Nanotechnology Practices


By csep - Posted on 22 February 2013

TitleIntegrating and Enacting ‘Social and Ethical Issues’ in Nanotechnology Practices
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsViseu, Ana, and Maguire Heather
JournalNanoEthics
Volume6
Issue3
Pagination195 - 209
Date Published12/2012
ISSN Number1871-4765
KeywordsNanotechnology Policy and Development, Societal Implications
Abstract

The integration of nanotechnology's 'social and ethical issues' (SEI) at the research and development stage is one of the defining features of nanotechnology governance in the United States. Mandated by law, integration extends the field of nanotechnology to include a role for the 'social', the 'public' and the social sciences and humanities in research and development (R&D) practices and agendas. Drawing from interviews with scientists, engineers and policymakers who took part in an oral history of the 'Future of Nanotechnology' symposium at the Cornell NanoScale Facility, this article examines how nanotechnology's 'social and ethical issues' are brought to life by these practitioners.

DOI10.1007/s11569-012-0162-2
Short TitleNanoethics