Notions of Identity, Society, and Rhetoric in a Speech Code of Science Among Scientists and Engineers Working in Nanotechnology

TitleNotions of Identity, Society, and Rhetoric in a Speech Code of Science Among Scientists and Engineers Working in Nanotechnology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBassett, DR
JournalScience Communication
Volume34
Issue1
Pagination115-159
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
KeywordsENGINEERING , ENGINEERS , ethnography , ETHNOLOGY , NANOTECHNOLOGY , QUALITATIVE , Rhetoric , SCIENCE , United
AbstractThis ethnography of communication was concerned with discovering a speech code in the discourse about values in science used by scientists and engineers working in nanoscale science and engineering. It was supported and guided by the theoretical framework of speech codes theory. Materials analyzed included 4 years of fieldwork at a U.S. research university and nanotechnology center and 20 in-depth interviews conducted with scientists and engineers working in nanotechnology. Data sets were constructed and analyzed to identify a distinctive speech code about science and social and ethical implications of nanotechnology that contains beliefs among its users about identity, society, and rhetoric. 
NotesBassett, Deborah R. 1; Affiliation: 1: University of Washington, Seattle, USA; Source Info: Mar2012, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p115; Subject Term: ETHNOLOGY; Subject Term: ENGINEERS; Subject Term: NANOTECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: SCIENCE; Subject Term: UNITED States; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethnography of science; Author-Supplied Keyword: nanotechnology; Author-Supplied Keyword: qualitative analysis; Author-Supplied Keyword: rhetoric; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541711 Research and Development in Biotechnology; Number of Pages: 45p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 15056
DOI10.1177/1075547011417891

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