On Being Responsible: Multiplicity in Responsible Development

Autor(en)
Sarah R. Davies, Cecilie Glerup, Maja Horst
Abstrakt

‘Responsible development’ has risen to become a key normative framework for nanotechnology. The technology’s governance landscape is fundamentally structured through a discourse of responsibility, in which political tools such as public engagement, voluntary reporting and soft law are mobilised so as to enable innovation. To call for responsibility has, indeed, become somewhat trite. In this essay we take not the normative demand for responsibility, but its operationalisation, as our analytical focus, arguing that it is important not to underestimate the term’s practical flexibility and discursive multiplicity. To illustrate this point we consider firstly the range of ways in which ‘responsibility’ is articulated within the literature on higher education and sociology of science; and, secondly, how notions of responsible development are understood, and acted upon, in two different US sites: an academic research centre, and the nanotechnology private sector. Through mapping something of the diversity of ‘responsibility’ and the dynamics which shape its various articulations we start to fill out the complexities of operationalising – rather than merely calling for – nanotechnology’s responsible development.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung
Seiten
143-159
Anzahl der Seiten
17
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9103-8_9
Publikationsdatum
2014
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
509017 Wissenschaftsforschung
Schlagwörter
Link zum Portal
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