Nanoethics, science communication, and a fourth model for public engagement

Miah, A 2017, 'Nanoethics, science communication, and a fourth model for public engagement' , NanoEthics .

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Abstract

This paper develops a fourth model of public engagement with science, grounded in the principle of nurturing scientific agency through online participatory bioethics. It argues that social media is an effective device through which to enable such engagement, as it has the capacity to empower users and transforms audiences into co-producers of knowledge, rather than consumers of content, the value of which is recognised within the citizen science movement. Social media also fosters greater engagement with the political and legal implications of science, thus promoting the value of scientific citizenship through the acquisition of science capital. This argument is explored by considering the case of nanoscience and nanotechnology, as an exemplar for how emerging technologies may be handled by the scientific community and science policy makers, and as a technology that has defined a second era of science communication.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Biomedical Research Centre
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: NanoEthics
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1871-4757
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Depositing User: Professor A Miah
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 10:01
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2017 12:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42743

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