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1st Edition

The Social Life of Nanotechnology

ISBN 9780415629621
Published June 4, 2014 by Routledge
294 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book addresses the interconnections and tensions between technological development, the social benefits and risks of new technology, and the changing political economy of a global world system as they apply to the emerging field of nanotechnologies. The basic premise, developed throughout the volume, is that nanotechnologies have an undertheorized and often invisible social life that begins with their constructed origins and propels them around the globe, across multiple localities, institutions and collaborations, through diverse industries, research labs, and government agencies and into the public sphere. The volume situates nano innovation and development as a modernist science and technology project in a tense and unstable relationship with a fractured, postmodern social world. The book is unique in incorporating and integrating studies of innovation systems along with a focus on the risks and consequences of a globally significant set of emerging technologies. It does this by examining the social and political conditions of their creation, production, emergence, and reception.

Table of Contents

Foreword  John Seely Brown.  Acknowledgments.  1. Introduction: The Social Scientific View Of Nanotechnologies  Barbara Herr Harthorn and John W. Mohr  Part I: Constructing the Field of Nanotechnology: The Social Origins of Nanotechnology  2. Science That Pays for Itself: Nanotechnology and the Discourse of Science Policy Reform  Matthew N. Eisler  3. When Space Travel And Nanotechology Met at the Fountains of Paradise  W. Patrick McCray  4. Conferences and the Emergence of Nanoscience  Cyrus C. M. Mody  Part II: Controlling the Field: The Role of Public Policies, Market Systems, Scientific Labor, and Globalization in Nanotechnology  5. Is Nanoscale Collaboration Meeting Nanotechnology's Social Challenge? A Call for Nano-Normalcy  Christopher Newfield  6. Working for Next to Nothing: Labor in the Global Nanoscientific Community  Mikael Johansson  7. Nanotechnology as Industrial Policy: China and the United States  Richard P. Appelbaum, Cong Cao, Rachel Parker and Yasuyuki Motoyama  8. The Chinese Century? China‚Äôs Move Towards Indigenous Innovation: Some Policy Implications  Rachel Parker and Richard P. Appelbaum  Part III: Contesting the Field: Knowledge, Power, and Reflexivity in the Construction of Nanotechnology  9. Nanotechnologies and Upstream Public Engagement: Dilemmas, Debates, and Prospects?  Adam Corner and Nick Pidgeon  10. Different Uses, Different Responses: Exploring Emergent Cultural Values Through Public Deliberation  Jennifer Rogers-Brown, Christine Shearer, Barbara Herr Harthorn and Tyronne Martin  11. News Media Frame Novel Technologies in a Familiar Way: Nanotechnology, Applications, and Progress  Erica Lively, Meredith Conroy, David A. Weaver, and Bruce Bimber  12. Public Responses to Nanotechnology: Risks to the Social Fabric?  William R. Freudenburg and Mary B. Collins

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Barbara Harthorn is Associate Professor in the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

John Mohr is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.