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Mapping emergence across the Atlantic: some (tentative) lessons on nanotechnology in Latin America

Pardo-Guerra, Juan Pablo (2011) Mapping emergence across the Atlantic: some (tentative) lessons on nanotechnology in Latin America. Technology in Society, 33 (1-2). pp. 94-108. ISSN 0160-791X

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Abstract

This article is a tentative exploration of the early history of nanotechnology, focusing on the distinct meanings attributed to this field within the United States, Europe and Latin America. In assessing the patterns of nanotechnology on both sides of the Atlantic, this article identifies this field as a hybrid category, combining forms of social reflexivity, industrial organization, and localized histories of research and development. It is argued that such patterns are only understood by rendering nanotechnology as a category used by actors in defining practices, products and institutions rather than as a solid core of technical competencies. Some implications of holding this view are drawn for Latin America.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescriptio...
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 15:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37236/

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