When ‘non expert’ handle new techno-scientific objects. The case of nanotechnologies in Italy
SpeakersProf Federico Neresini, University of Padova
University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
The presentation aims to describe and to discuss how lay people deal with new technologies, such as nanotechnologies, trying to show which interpretative resources they use in order to make sense of them. In this respect, the Italian situation represents a very interesting moment, since this is currently a research field that still has to draw the public opinion’s attention and, as a consequence, it still has to arouse public debate. The lack of a thorough public debate underlines the crucial importance of this phase embedded within a sort of “zero time” where it is possible to observe which interpretative resources common people deploy when they have to handle a techno-scientific “object” still hardly known and a-problematic. The importance of such an opportunity is clear when you consider that in case of moot innovation, such as biotechnologies, the analysis of attitudes has clashed with the lack of an appropriate knowledge of the situation before the public debate took on the size we know about. Data from a research realized through focus groups around Italy during the past years will be described and discuss.