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Nano-Publics

Communicating Nanotechnology Applications, Risks, and Regulations

Authors: Gehrke, Pat J.

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  • Provides sophisticated and original insights into how public groups think about risk and regulation of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies
  • Offers important concepts and practical advice for improving public communication of emerging technologies and cutting-edge science
  • Demonstrates the practical value of the organic public engagement methodology
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About this book

This book discusses the results and implications of a two-year public engagement program on nanotechnology. Led by eleven diverse civic groups across the United States, the program events covered a wide range of applications and sparked robust discussions concerning risk and regulation. Through computer-assisted qualitative data analysis, video recordings of the events were coded for expressed levels of knowledge, positive and negative audience responses, perceptions of risk, views on regulation, and speakers’ communication behaviors. These results add richness, nuance, and complexity to our perception of the public's understanding of nanotechnology, its support for regulation, and effective practices of science communication in the context of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. Nano-Publics also offers further guidance for public engagement research, the regulation of emerging technologies, and potential science communication campaigns.

About the authors

Pat J. Gehrke is Associate Professor in the Speech Communication and Rhetoric Program at the University of South Carolina, USA. He is also an associate member of the North Carolina State University Public Communication of Science and Technology Project, and a former editor of the Review of Communication.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Organic Public Engagement with Nanotechnology: Advantages and Challenges

    Pages 1-20

    Gehrke, Pat J.

  • Public Understanding of Nanotechnology: How Publics Know

    Pages 21-37

    Gehrke, Pat J.

  • Nanotechnology Applications and Risks: Valences and Ambiguities

    Pages 39-49

    Gehrke, Pat J.

  • Government Regulation of Nanotechnology: Imperfectly Essential

    Pages 51-63

    Gehrke, Pat J.

  • Lessons for Science Communicators: Assumptions and Assessment

    Pages 65-85

    Gehrke, Pat J.

Buy this book

eBook £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69611-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69610-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-88812-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nano-Publics
Book Subtitle
Communicating Nanotechnology Applications, Risks, and Regulations
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69611-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69611-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69610-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88812-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 94
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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