Legislating the laboratory? Promotion and precaution in a nanomaterials company.

Robin Phelps, Erik Fisher

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Legislation is a form of governance that directs attention and prescribes action. Within the domain of nanoscience, the US 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act contains mandates not only for rapid development for economic competitiveness but also for responsible implementation, which is required to take place by integrating societal considerations into research and development. This chapter investigates whether these two mandates tend more to coexist or compete with one another, both in the purview of nanoscience policy and in the venue of nanoscience practice. This chapter first reviews macrolevel analysis of the directives contained in the legislation. It then examines, drawing on an empirical case study, how these directives manifest at the microlevel of a nanoscience research and development laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-358
Number of pages20
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
StatePublished - Jul 5 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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