Nano Archive

Representations of Nanotechnology in Norwegian Newspapers -Implications for Public Participation

Kjølberg, Kamilla Lein (2009) Representations of Nanotechnology in Norwegian Newspapers -Implications for Public Participation. NanoEthics, 3 (1). pp. 61-72.

Full text is not hosted in this archive but may be available via the Official URL, or by requesting a copy from the corresponding author.

Official URL:


Public participation is a prominent issue in the nanoethics literature. This paper analyses the emerging awareness of nanoscience and nanotechnology (nano S&T) in the Norwegian public sphere, as evidenced by newspaper coverage. In particular, attention is on representations of nano S&T and their relation to public participation. Three dominant representations are found; nano S&T as positive, nano S&T as important for the future and nano S&T as under control. It is argued that the prominence of these representations is unfortunate because they can discourage public participation. The paper concludes by pointing to some broader questions about public participation as an instrument for governance of nano S&T.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Media - Nanotechnology - Norway - Public participation - Upstream public engagement
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:4544
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:03 Apr 2009 07:56
Last Modified:03 Apr 2009 07:56

Repository Staff Only: item control page