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ERIC Number: EJ847324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Participatory Paradoxes: Facilitating Citizen Engagement in Science and Technology from the Top-Down?
Powell, Maria C.; Colin, Mathilde
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v29 n4 p325-342 2009
Mechanisms to engage lay citizens in science and technology are currently in vogue worldwide. While some engagement exercises aim to influence policy making, research suggests that they have had little discernable impacts in this regard. We explore the potentials and challenges of facilitating citizen engagement in nanotechnology from the "top-down," addressing the following questions: Can academics and others within institutions "initiate" meaningful engagement with unorganized lay citizens from the top-down? Can they facilitate effective engagement among citizens, scientists, and policy makers while building citizen engagement capacities? Is it possible to create "independent" bottom-up citizen engagement in scientific and technological issues from the top-down, and what are the challenges in doing so? Our experiences show that although academics can build citizens' individual, collective, and political capacities to engage with each other, scientists, and policy makers, this work is enormously time and energy intensive, and institutional support is needed to sustain it. (Contains 5 tables and 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin