Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook

Governing Future Technologies

Nanotechnology and the Rise of an Assessment Regime

Editors: Kaiser, M., Kurath, M., Maasen, S., Rehmann-Sutter, C. (Eds.)

  • Presents a constructivist stance on assessment that complements the usual normative viewpoint
  • Relates nanotechnology and its assessment to the question of how societies manage their technological future
  • Provides novel insights into the ways risks and uncertainties are currently governed
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Nanotechnology has been the subject of extensive ‘assessment hype,’ unlike any previous field of research and development. A multiplicity of stakeholders have started to analyze the implications of nanotechnology: Technology assessment institutions around the world, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, re-insurance companies, and academics from science and technology studies and applied ethics have turned their attention to this growing field’s implications. In the course of these assessment efforts, a social phenomenon has emerged – a phenomenon the editors define as assessment regime.

Despite the variety of organizations, methods, and actors involved in the evaluation and regulation of emerging nanotechnologies, the assessment activities comply with an overarching scientific and political imperative: Innovations are only welcome if they are assessed against the criteria of safety, sustainability, desirability, and acceptability. So far, such deliberations and reflections have played only a subordinate role. This book argues that with the rise of the nanotechnology assessment regime, however, things have changed dramatically: Situated at the crossroads of democratizing science and technology, good governance, and the quest for sustainable innovations, the assessment regime has become constitutive for technological development.

The contributions in this book explore and critically analyse nanotechnology’s assessment regime: To what extent is it constitutive for technology in general, for nanotechnology in particular? What social conditions render the regime a phenomenon sui generis? And what are its implications for science and society?

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Reinventing a Laboratory: Nanotechnology as a Resource for Organizational Change

    Merz, Martina

    Pages 3-19

  • Negotiating Nano: From Assessing Risks to Disciplinary Transformations

    Kurath, Monika

    Pages 21-36

  • “Nanoscience is 100 Years Old.” The Defensive Appropriation of the Nanotechnology Discourse within the Disciplinary Boundaries of Crystallography

    Kehrt, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 37-53

  • From Nano-Convergence to NBIC-Convergence: “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it”

    Schummer, Joachim

    Pages 57-71

  • Deliberating Visions: The Case of Human Enhancement in the Discourse on Nanotechnology and Convergence

    Coenen, Christopher

    Pages 73-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governing Future Technologies
Book Subtitle
Nanotechnology and the Rise of an Assessment Regime
Editors
  • Mario Kaiser
  • Monika Kurath
  • Sabine Maasen
  • Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
Series Title
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Series Volume
27
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2834-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2834-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2833-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3077-9
Series ISSN
0167-2320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 314
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