Nanotechnology, Governance, and Public Deliberation: What Role for the Social Sciences?

TitleNanotechnology, Governance, and Public Deliberation: What Role for the Social Sciences?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsMacNaghten, P, Kearnes, MB, Wynne, B
JournalScience Communication
Volume27
Issue2
Pagination268-291
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10755470
Accession Number19078015
Keywordsgovernance , imaginaries , NANOTECHNOLOGY , SOCIAL , technology , United , upstream
AbstractIn this article, the authors argue that nanotechnology represents an extraordinary opportunity to build in a robust role for the social sciences in a technology that remains at an early, and hence undetermined, stage of development. The authors examine policy dynamics in both the United States and United Kingdom aimed at both opening up, and closing down, the role of the social sciences in nanotechnologies. The authors then set out a prospective agenda for the social sciences and its potential in the future shaping of nanotechnology research and innovation processes. The emergent, undetermined nature of nanotechnologies calls for an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary model for social science research.
NotesMacnaghten, Phil 1; Email Address: P.Macnaghten@lancaster.ac.uk Kearnes, Matthew B. 2 Wynne, Brian 3; Affiliation: 1: Director of Research, Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy (IEPPP), Lancaster University. 2: Research Associate, Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy (IEPPP), Lancaster University. 3: Professor of Science Studies, Centre for Study of Economic and Societal Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), Lancaster University.; Source Info: Dec2005, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p268; Subject Term: NANOTECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: SOCIAL sciences; Subject Term: SOCIAL sciences -- Research; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: UNITED States; Author-Supplied Keyword: governance; Author-Supplied Keyword: imaginaries; Author-Supplied Keyword: nanotechnology; Author-Supplied Keyword: upstream public engagement; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities; Number of Pages: 24p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1177/1075547005281531
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