This book charts the development of nanotechnology in relation to society from the early years of the twenty-first century. It offers a sustained analysis of the life of nanotechnology, from the laboratory to society, from scientific promises to societal governance, and attempts to modulate developments.

chapter 1|9 pages


The life and times of nanotechnology and its governance
ByArie Rip

chapter 2|24 pages

Umbrella terms as mediators in the governance of emerging science and technology

ByArie Rip, Jan-Peter Voβ

chapter 3|22 pages

Dual dynamics of promises and waiting games around emerging nanotechnologies

ByAlireza Parandian, Arie Rip, Haico te Kulve

chapter 4|19 pages

Folk theories of nanotechnologists

ByArie Rip

chapter 5|26 pages

Emerging de facto agendas surrounding nanotechnology

Two cases full of contingencies, lock-outs, and lock-ins
ByArie Rip, Marloes Van Amerom

chapter 6|7 pages

Positions and responsibilities in the ‘real’ world of nanotechnology

ByArie Rip, Clare Shelley-Egan

chapter 7|20 pages

De facto governance of nanotechnologies

ByArie Rip

chapter 8|17 pages

Constructive technology assessment and the methodology of insertion

ByArie Rip, Douglas K.R. Robinson