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Questioning "Participation": A Critical Appraisal of its Conceptualization in a Flemish Participatory Technology Assessment
Van Oudheusden, Michiel mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de science politique > Anal. et éval. des politiques publ.-Méthod. de sc. politique >]
Science & Engineering Ethics
Opragen Publications
Public Science and Technology Scholars: Engaging Whom?
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[en] Nanotechnologies ; Participatory Technology Assessment ; Power
[en] This article draws attention to struggles inherent in discourse about the
meaning of participation in a Flemish participatory technology assessment (pTA) on
nanotechnologies. It explores how, at the project’s outset, key actors (e.g., nanotechnologists
and pTA researchers) frame elements of the process like ‘the public’
and draw on interpretive repertoires to fit their perspective. The examples call into
question normative commitments to cooperation, consensus building, and common
action that conventionally guide pTA approaches. It is argued that pTA itself must
reflect an awareness of competing interests and perspectives inherent in the discourse
associated with the meaning of ‘participation’ if it is to incite action beyond
vested interests and ensure genuine mutual learning.
Universiteit Antwerpen
Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - FWO

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