Title
Questioning 'participation' : a critical appraisal of its conceptualization in a Flemish participatory technology assessment Questioning 'participation' : a critical appraisal of its conceptualization in a Flemish participatory technology assessment
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Opragen ,
Subject
Philosophy
Sociology
Economics
Engineering sciences. Technology
History
Source (journal)
Science and engineering ethics. - Opragen
Science and engineering ethics. - Opragen
Volume/pages
17(2011) :4 , p. 673-690
ISSN
1353-3452
ISI
000298332000006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
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.
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