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Disciplinarity and Research Identity in Nanoscale Science and Technologies

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Science is not what it used to be ... ... or, in less prosaic terms, the perception, understanding and conduct of knowledge and technology production has changed significantly in the last few decades. In 1933 the motto of the Chicago World Exhibition articulated the then technological Zeitgeist as “Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms” (Nelkin in Rip 2007, 99). In at least two aspects that embracing but exogenous understanding of science and technology has since undergone important modifications. (1) ‘Man’, that is: the publics in their economic (as customer) and political (as interest groups) identities do not necessarily accept and adopt what science and industry provide, but challenge technology. Examples are nuclear power and bio-technologies. (2) Science and industry, in turn, have experienced adaptations in the way research is conducted, most noticeably in how knowledge and technology production are legitimised. One could say, in slightly provocative terms ... ... science might be on its way back into society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wienroth M

Editor(s): Ach, JS; Weidemann, C

Series Editor(s): Quante, M

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Size Matters: Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Nanobiotechnology and Nano-Medicine

Year: 2009

Volume: 8

Pages: 157-177

Print publication date: 01/07/2009

Series Title: Münsteraner Bioethik-Studien

Publisher: Lit Verlag

Place Published: Berlin


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ISBN: 9783825815943