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Communicating Nanotechnology Applications, Risks, and Regulations

  • Provides sophisticated and original insights into how public groups think about risk and regulation of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies

  • Offers important concepts and practical advice for improving public communication of emerging technologies and cutting-edge science

  • Demonstrates the practical value of the organic public engagement methodology


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About this book


This book discusses the results and implications of a two-year public engagement program on nanotechnology. Led by eleven diverse civic groups across the United States, the program events covered a wide range of applications and sparked robust discussions concerning risk and regulation. Through computer-assisted qualitative data analysis, video recordings of the events were coded for expressed levels of knowledge, positive and negative audience responses, perceptions of risk, views on regulation, and speakers’ communication behaviors. These results add richness, nuance, and complexity to our perception of the public's understanding of nanotechnology, its support for regulation, and effective practices of science communication in the context of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. Nano-Publics also offers further guidance for public engagement research, the regulation of emerging technologies, and potential science communication campaigns.


Science and Technology Studies Science Communication Public Understanding of Science Rhetoric of Science and Technology Public Communication Civic Engagement Nanotechnology Government Regulations Future Technologies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

About the authors

Pat J. Gehrke is Associate Professor in the Speech Communication and Rhetoric Program at the University of South Carolina, USA. He is also an associate member of the North Carolina State University Public Communication of Science and Technology Project, and a former editor of the Review of Communication.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nano-Publics
  • Book Subtitle Communicating Nanotechnology Applications, Risks, and Regulations
  • Authors Pat J. Gehrke
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-69610-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88812-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-69611-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 94
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science and Technology Studies
    Public Policy
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