All things weird and scary: Nanotechnology, theology and cultural resources

Author(s)
Sarah R. Davies, Matthew B. Kearnes, Phil M. Macnaghten
Abstract

Nanotechnology is widely suggested to be fast becoming a defining technology of the twenty-first century. This 'science of the very small' has applications in areas from medicine to materials, and is predicted to have profound effects on social life. In this paper, we draw on a study of lay people's reflections on the ethics of nanotechnologies to focus on the talk of one group of participants, from a UK church. While we identify key themes which are common across all participants, including nanotechnology as a threat to the human, the importance of individual autonomy, and distrust of the large-scale drivers behind the technology, we argue that the church-going group have a specific set of cultural resources with which to articulate responses to these. Using a language of spirituality and relationality these participants are able to express shared notions of what nanotechnology threatens (and promises), and can therefore be seen as exemplary of lay negotiations of these issues

Organisation(s)
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Journal
Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Volume
10
Pages
201-220
No. of pages
20
ISSN
1475-5610
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/14755610903077570
Publication date
2009
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
509017 Social studies of science
Keywords
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/all-things-weird-and-scary-nanotechnology-theology-and-cultural-resources(3ddc73be-cf85-4466-ae53-d5addaf56711).html