Nanotechnology's Controversial Role for the South

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Show simple item record Invernizzi, N Foladori, G Maclurcan, D 2012-02-02T11:04:04Z 2008-01
dc.identifier.citation Science, Technology and Society, 2008, 13 (1), pp. 123 - 148
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract The possibility that nanotechnology will turn into an instrument to aid development or alleviate poverty has been discussed explicitly in academic circles, at meetings held by international bodies, and in non-governmental organisations since 1997. The different positions on the role that it can play in the process reflect particular interpretations of the relationship between science, technology and society. We divide the arguments expressed in this discussion in two broad groups. One can be identified as the instrumental position, which emphasises the technical capacity of nanotechnologies to solve poverty problems and spur development. The other group of arguments can be identified as the contextual position by emphasising the social context wherein technology is produced, used and adapted. We summarise and analyse the main arguments in the debate on nanotechnologies, development and poverty. We consider the most influent opinions from organisations, institutions and meetings, presenting their main ideas in chronological order. The outline covers the period from 1997 to late 2007, and reviews the documents that most directly address the issue. Afterwards, we highlight and analyse the main issues at stake in this controversy.
dc.publisher Sage
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1177/097172180701300105
dc.title Nanotechnology's Controversial Role for the South
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Science, Technology and Society
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 13
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation New Delhi en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 123 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 148 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1608 Sociology
dc.personcode 996276
dc.percentage 100 en_US Sociology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)/Institute For Sustainable Futures
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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