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Dreamscapes of ModernitySociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power$
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Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276496

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276663.001.0001

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Imaginaries of Science and Society

Imaginaries of Science and Society

Framing Nanotechnology Governance in Germany and the United States

(p.233) Eleven Imaginaries of Science and Society
Dreamscapes of Modernity

Regula Valérie Burri

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how the meanings and roles of science and its proper relations to society are imagined differently in Europe (Germany, in particular) and the United States. By analyzing major policy documents related to nanotechnologies, the chapter reveals the explicit goals and underlying assumptions that shape nanotechnology strategies in the respective countries. It argues that the cross-national variation in sociotechnical imaginaries correspond to divergent historical experiences, attitudes, and identities in different political cultures and contributed to the emergence of distinctive forms of civic epistemologies, thus shaping the ways emerging technologies are assessed and governed.

Keywords:   sociotechnical imaginary, nanotechnology, political culture, civic epistemologies, comparative analysis, Germany, United States

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