Nanotechnology and the Global South: Exploratory Views on Characteristics, Perceptions and Paradigms

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Show simple item record Maclurcan, Don en_US
dc.contributor.editor S. Arnaldi, A. Lorenzet, & F. Russo en_US 2010-05-28T09:41:54Z 2010-05-28T09:41:54Z 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2008001771 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Maclurcan Donald 2009, 'Nanotechnology and the Global South: Exploratory Views on Characteristics, Perceptions and Paradigms', in (ed.), IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 97-112. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 978-1-60750-022-3 en_US
dc.identifier.other B1 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the Global North, confusion, hype and disagreement plague nanotechnology debates. In the meantime, the debate about the Global South's engagement with nanotechnology has forged ahead, assuming common understandings about what nanotechnology is and what it is not, as well as the general irrelevance of definitional debates. This despite evidence that nanotechnology is being presented in a conflicting manner in the literature, through mixed terminology and imagery, and that little has been documented about Southern understandings. Given the importance of understandings in the genetically-modified foods debate, the way nanotechnology is understood holds serious repercussions for the framing of its ethical, legal and social implications. This chapter reports on the perspectives of Thai and Australian key informants, from a broad range of fields. It seeks to explore and clarify how nanotechnology might be defined, perceived and framed in terms of the South. The results suggest that nanotechnology may be conceptualized in similar ways, focussing on near-term nanotechnology that is defined by a common set of characteristics. Yet, when it comes to the way these conceptualisations translate into applications, there may be large differences in nanotechnology's perceived scope, sophistication and complexity. This holds interesting ramifications for global nanotechnology discourse, particularly in terms of the assumed costs and infrastructure required to conduct nanotechnology research and development and the more general role the South will play in the global nanotechnology picture. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher IOS Press en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
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dc.title Nanotechnology and the Global South: Exploratory Views on Characteristics, Perceptions and Paradigms en_US
dc.parent Technologies in Progress: Managing the Uncertainty of Nanotechnology en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
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dc.publocation Amsterdam, The Netherlands en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 97 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 112 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 220103 en_US
dc.personcode 996276 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1 en_US
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dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Nanotechno logy, Global South, developing countri es, unde rstanding, conceptualisation, ethical, legal, socia l implications . en_US
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dc.staffid 996276 en_US

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