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Title: Technology, Methodology and Intervention: Performing Nanoethics in Portugal
Authors: Carvalho, António 
Nunes, João Arriscado 
Keywords: Focus groups; Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Theatre of the Oppressed; Performativity; Nanoethics in Portugal; Intervention
Issue Date: 8-Jun-2013
Publisher: Springer
Project: 036719 
Serial title, monograph or event: Nanoethics
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Abstract: During the last few decades we have witnessed a proliferation of exercises dealing with the public participation of citizens in various different dimensions of their societies, including issues of science and technology. On the one hand, these mechanisms provide more robust forms of public engagement with matters that were traditionally dealt with by experts; on the other hand, they raise concerns relating to their design, efficiency or potential for the empowerment of citizens. As part of the EC-funded project DEEPEN (Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies) a research team in Coimbra, Portugal, was put in charge of identifying the ethical and social “impacts” of emerging nanotechnologies, transforming the traditional focus groups through the incorporation of two methodological innovations: the Pedagogy of the Oppressed and the Theatre of the Oppressed. This article reflects on the outcomes and complexities of the introduction of these two methodologies. Since the participants had little or no information on nanotechnologies, we reflect on the politics of these focus groups by exploring how issues of intervention, subjectivity, representation and agency were interconnected during this exercise of public participation in Science and Technology, analyzing the role of social sciences in developing nanoethics.
ISSN: 1871-4757
DOI: 10.1007/s11569-013-0175-5
Rights: openAccess
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