Green Chemistry as Social Movement?

TitleGreen Chemistry as Social Movement?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsWoodhouse, EJ, Breyman, S
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0162-2439
AbstractAre there circumstances under which scientists and engineers doing their ordinary jobs can be thought of as participants in a social movement? Green chemistry practitioners and entrepreneurs now constitute a small minority of chemists and chemical engineers in the university, government, and corporate sectors, but the innovators gradually are institutionalizing their efforts and winning converts. Drawing on concepts from social movement theory, the authors argue that examining green chemistry as a social movement sheds light on the intentional social organization of emerging scientific and engineering disciplines, advances thinking about the role of expertise in social change, and uncovers a possible pathway toward reconstructing chemical technologies on a more environmentally sustainable basis.
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