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Nanotechnology, governance, and public deliberation : what role for the social sciences ?

Macnaghten, P. M. and Kearnes, M. B. and Wynne, B. (2005) 'Nanotechnology, governance, and public deliberation : what role for the social sciences ?', Science communication., 27 (2). pp. 268-291.


In this article we 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. We 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. We 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 of social science research.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Nanotechnology, Governance, Upstream public engagement, Imaginaries.
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Record Created:28 Jan 2009
Last Modified:04 Aug 2011 09:20

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