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Ambiente & sociedade

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MACNAGHTEN, Phil. Engaging nanotechnologies: a case study of 'upstream' public engagement. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2010, vol.5Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1414-753X.

This paper develops an analysis of the factors likely to shape future public responses to the social and ethical dimensions of emerging nanotechnologies. The research was designed to offer insight into the following: what sorts of issues are likely under current circumstances to shape public attitudes towards nanotechnologies; what narrative resources do people draw upon to develop their thinking; how do public attitudes evolve through social interaction and knowledge generation; and to what extent can expressed concerns be understood as emblematic of wider societal dilemmas.

Keywords : Nanotechnologies; Anticipatory governance; Public attitudes; Narrative; Metaphysics; Upstream public engagement.

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