Nanotechnologies and emerging cultural spaces for the public communication of science and technologies: an introduction

Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2012
Resource Type:
Mass Media Article | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: 
Materials science | Technology
Organization:
University of Padua
Description: 

In the last decade, social studies of nanotechnology have been characterized by a specific focus on the role of communication and cultural representations. Scholars have documented a proliferation of the forms through which this research area has been represented, communicated and debated within different social contexts. This Jcom section concentrates on the proliferation of cultural spaces where nanotechnologies are articulated and shaped in society. The intent is that of showing how these different cultural spaces — with their specific features and implications — raise multiple issues and involve distinct perspectives concerning nanotechnology. More specifically, the articles presented in the section outline and characterize three different cultural spaces where nanotechnologies are communicated: science museums, hackerspaces and the web. The overall section’s argumentation is that the study of the communication of nanotechnology requires to consider a multiplicity of different cultural spaces and, moreover, that the attention to the differences existing between these spaces is a powerful perspective to explore and make sense of the varieties of ways in which nanotechnologies circulate in society.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
11
Number: 
4
Document:

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