Publics and their participation in science and technology

Changing roles, blurring boundaries

Authored by: Edna F. Einsiedel

Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415834612
eBook ISBN: 9780203483794
Adobe ISBN: 9781135049478

10.4324/9780203483794.ch10

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Abstract

Configuring the place and roles of publics and the nature of participation in the context of science-and-society relations has continued to preoccupy academics, policy actors, stakeholder organisations and publics themselves. Examining the place of public participation within the increasingly complex worlds of governance offers one realm of understanding. At the same time, the world of the everyday has seen publics engage with science and technology in different ways, combining a panoply of roles of citizen, consumer, user, or even disinterested bystander.

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