Nanotechnology and Its Governance 2019 DOI: 10.4324/9780429465734-2 View full text
Arie Rip, Jan-Peter Voβ

Abstract: Umbrella terms like 'nanotechnology' and 'sustainability research' have emerged as part of the new regime of Strategic Science. As mediators between science and society they have a dual role. Their overall promise allows resources to be mobilised for new fields which can then be productive in their own right. At the same time, however, they also put pressure on these fields to take relevance considerations into account. The process of emergence and stabilisation of umbrella terms is outlined and traced in deta…

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