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The challenges of "upstream" communication and public engagement for Irish nanotechnology

Murphy, Padraig (2009) The challenges of "upstream" communication and public engagement for Irish nanotechnology. In: Arnaldi, S. and Lorenzet, A. and Russo, F., (eds.) Technoscience in Progress. Managing the Uncertainty of Nanotechnology. IOS Press. ISBN 978-1-60750-022-3

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This paper sets out some challenges for Ireland’s contribution to nanotechnology public engagement in the context of current STS and science communication theoretical practice approaches. I report on a pilot set of public engagement activities and accompanying‘multi-sited ethnographic’ and frame analysis methodologies. I reflect on how the theoretical context of these methods and findings present a challenge for nanoscience communicators in the first instance, but also for the social scientists and academics that are themselves contributing to the discourse of nanotechnology and, intentionally or not, communicating nanotechnology to diverse publics. I identify six discourse sites of nanotechnology which have the potential for public engagement.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:upstream communication; public engagement; discourse sites; multi-sited ethnography;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Communication
Physical Sciences > Nanotechnology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Publisher:IOS Press
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:14815
Deposited On:25 Aug 2009 11:21 by Padraig Murphy. Last Modified 25 Aug 2009 11:21

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