Consumers and Nanotechnology - Deliberative Processes, Social Barriers and Methodologies
by Harald Throne-Holst (National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), Norway), Gerd Scholl (Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOEW), Norway), Eivind Stø (National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), Norway), Pål Strandbakken (National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), Norway)
Hardback 256 pages 2013-04-30 Print ISBN: 9789814316163 eBook ISBN: 9789814364348 DOI: 10.4032/9789814364348
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In the recent years, questions democratic influence on science and technology (priorities, funding, transparency) has received much attention. The lesson from the European unrest over GMO is that consumer-citizens will react negatively to just having to accept the introduction of new, partly untested technologies. A number of political bodies (governments, regions, the European Union, etc.) have started to use citizens’ deliberations in order to involve citizens and to consider their concerns, attitudes, hopes, and worries in an early stage of the coming nano revolution.
The EU project “Nanoplat” was given the task of mapping and analyzing such deliberative processes, from the Danish “Citizens’ Nano Conference” in June 2004 and to trace the development of this tool(s) up until the present. An international consortium of experts mapped a large number of deliberations, mainly in the European Union and the United States, and proceeded to give closer analysis of a selection of those that were found most interesting. The second part of the book analyzes seven citizen-oriented deliberations. The third part of the book looks into a set of more stakeholder-oriented deliberations.
|1||Chapter 1: Emerging Technologies and Democracy|
|17||Chapter 2: Overview of a Set of Deliberative Processes on Nano|
Gerd Scholl and Ulrich Petschow
|31||Chapter 3: Citizens’ Nano Conference in Denmark|
|45||Chapter 4: The NanoJury in the United Kingdom|
|57||Chapter 5: Consumer Conference on the Perception of Nanotechnology in the Areas of Food, Cosmetics, and Textiles, Germany|
|71||Chapter 6: French Conferences Cycle on Nanotechnology: Nanomonde|
|81||Chapter 7: Citizens’ Conference, Île-de-France|
|101||Chapter 8: Nanotechnology Citizens’ Conference in Madison, USA|
M. Atilla Öner and Özcan Saritas
|123||Chapter 9: The U.S. National Citizens’ Technology Forum on Human Enhancement: An Experiment in Deliberation Across a Nation|
Fern Wickson, Michael D. Cobb, and Patrick Hamlett
|153||Chapter 10: Experiments with Cross-National Deliberative Processes Within FP6 and FP7 of the European Union: The Convergence Seminars, the DEMOCS Card Games, and the Nanologue Project|
Enik? Demény, Judit Sándor, and Péter Kakuk
|185||Chapter 11: Standardisation as a Form of Deliberation|
Harald Throne-Holst and Pål Strandbakken
|201||Chapter 12: An Online Platform for Further Deliberative Processes|
Francois Jegou and Pål Strandbakken
|215||Chapter 13: Conclusions: Towards a Third Generation of Deliberative Processes|
Eivind Stø, Gerd Scholl, and Pål Strandbakken
Researchers and postgraduate- and graduate-level students in sociology and political science; readers generally interested in questions of science and society.
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