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Consumers and Nanotechnology

Deliberative Processes and Methodologies, 1st Edition

By Harald Throne-Holst, Eivind Soto, Pal Strandbakken, Gerd Scholl

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272 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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In recent years, questions about democratic influence on science and technology have received much attention. The lesson from the European unrest over GMO is that consumer-citizens will react negatively to being forced to accept the introduction of new, partly untested technologies. A number of political bodies have started to involve citizens and to consider their concerns, attitudes, hopes, and worries in the early stages of the coming nano revolution. This volume is assembles the contributions of experts who analyze a number of these deliberations, mainly in the European Union and the United States. The book analyzes citizen-oriented deliberations along with more stakeholder-oriented deliberations.


"The book is a highly relevant and important contribution to wider contemporary debates on the nature and division of responsibilities and the roles and influence of multiple actors and constituencies in contexts which bring together innovation under late modernity and plural governance within modern democracies."

—Sally Randles, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester, UK

"The editors did an excellent job, not only by delivering a comprehensive overview of the state of affairs of deliberative processes in the field of emerging technologies, but also by advancing the insights gained of the previous decade and providing a promising outlook for future deliberative practices."

—René von Schomberg,Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Table of Contents

Emerging Technologies and Democracy, Pål Strandbakken

Overview of a Set of Deliberative Processes on Nano, Gerd Scholl and Ulrich Petschow

Citizens’ Nano Conference in Denmark, Eivind Stø

The NanoJury in the UK, Eivind Stø

Consumer Conference on Nanotechnology in Food, Cosmetics and Textiles, Germany, Gerd Scholl

French Conference Cycle on Nanotechnology: "Nanomonde", Giampiero Pitisci

Citizens’ Conference, Ile de France, Pål Strandbakken

Nano Technology Citizens’ Conference in Madison, USA, M. Attila Öner and Özcan Saritas

The US National Citizens Technology Forum on Human Enhancement: An experiment in Deliberation Across a Nation, Fern Wickson, Michael D. Cobb and Patrick Hamlett

The Convergence Seminar, the DEMOCS Card Game and Nanologue: Three Experiments with Cross National Deliberative Processes Within the 6th and 7th Framework Programme of the EU, Eniko Demeny, Judith Sandor, and Peter Kakuk

Standardization as a Form of Deliberation, Harald Throne-Holst and Pål Strandbakken

An Online Platform for Future Deliberative Processes, Francois Jegou and Pål Strandbakken

Conclusions: Toward a Third Generation of Deliberative Processes, Eivind Stø, Gerd Scholl, and Pål Strandbakken

About the Authors

Pål Strandbakken is a researcher with the National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO) since 1992. He has also worked on the project Alternative Future from 1988 to 1992 for the Norwegian Parliament. His current research interests are environmental sociology, ELSA aspects of nanotechnology, product durability and STS.

Gerd Scholl is an economist currently working as a senior researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin. His main areas of interest include sustainable consumption and production, sustainable marketing and consumers and new technologies.

Eivind Stø is a political scientist currently working as a research director at the National Institute for Consumer Research in Norway. His main areas of interest include the sociology of consumption, sustainable production and consumption and consumer complaints.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Biotechnology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety