Consumers and Nanotechnology

Consumers and Nanotechnology

Deliberative Processes, Social Barriers and Methodologies

by Harald Throne-Holst , Gerd Scholl , Eivind Sto and Pal Strandbakken

272 pages, 153.00 x 229.00 mm, 1 B/W

  • Hardcover - Popular Science
  • ISBN: 9789814316163
  • Published: April 2013

  • eBook - Popular Science
  • ISBN: 9789814364348

A significant output of the European Commission’s FP7 Nanoplat project, this book provides a vital, interesting and accessible review of eight years of organised deliberation experiments aimed at enabling wider societal participation in processes which bring new and emergent technologies into the societal domain. Deliberations on nanotechnologies provide the techno-scientific context for the international case studies presented in the book encompassing both citizen-oriented and stakeholder-oriented examples. Techniques for upscaling and facilitating cross-national participation in deliberations through innovative methods utilising ICT and online platforms are also included. Under the broad umbrella of comprehending these initiatives as new governance experiments in participation, the editors conclude by characterising the presented cases as first-generation (from around 2004) and second-generation (from around 2006) and interpreting the latter as more specialised in terms of exhibiting greater specificity of technologies and questions addressed, and more oriented to the pathways through which R&D processes translate into technologies and products in use by consumers and societies, rather than lab-focused. They argue that a third generation of deliberation initiatives would benefit from earlier/greater engagement with, and impact on, policy and wider political process.