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Heterogeneous agendas around public engagement in stem cell research: the case for maintaining plasticity

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Abstract


  • Although public engagement is now part of the business of doing science, there is considerable divergence about what the term means and what public engagement ought to be doing. This paper refl ects on these heterogeneous meanings and agendas through an analysis of focus group data from research on public engagement in stem cell research. Three broad visions of public engagement are identifi ed: as education and information provision; as dialogue; and as participation in policy making. In analysing the implications of these visions three dimensions are highlighted: weakly and strongly structured visions of public engagement; the co production of roles and relationships; and the framing of what is at stake. Each of these has the potential to include or exclude some groups in public engagement. We conclude that social scientists should seek to maintain the plasticity of public engagement as a necessary condition for greater participation and reflexivity in science policy, practice and

    governance.

UOW Authors


  •   Parry, Sarah (external author)
  •   Faulkner, Wendy (external author)
  •   Cunningham-Burley, Sarah (external author)
  •   Marks, Nicola

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Parry, S., Faulkner, W., Cunningham-Burley, S. & Marks, N. J. (2012). Heterogeneous agendas around public engagement in stem cell research: the case for maintaining plasticity. Science and Technology Studies, 25 (2), 61-80.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84877755581

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1540&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/535

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 80

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Finland

Abstract


  • Although public engagement is now part of the business of doing science, there is considerable divergence about what the term means and what public engagement ought to be doing. This paper refl ects on these heterogeneous meanings and agendas through an analysis of focus group data from research on public engagement in stem cell research. Three broad visions of public engagement are identifi ed: as education and information provision; as dialogue; and as participation in policy making. In analysing the implications of these visions three dimensions are highlighted: weakly and strongly structured visions of public engagement; the co production of roles and relationships; and the framing of what is at stake. Each of these has the potential to include or exclude some groups in public engagement. We conclude that social scientists should seek to maintain the plasticity of public engagement as a necessary condition for greater participation and reflexivity in science policy, practice and

    governance.

UOW Authors


  •   Parry, Sarah (external author)
  •   Faulkner, Wendy (external author)
  •   Cunningham-Burley, Sarah (external author)
  •   Marks, Nicola

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Parry, S., Faulkner, W., Cunningham-Burley, S. & Marks, N. J. (2012). Heterogeneous agendas around public engagement in stem cell research: the case for maintaining plasticity. Science and Technology Studies, 25 (2), 61-80.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84877755581

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1540&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/535

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 61

End Page


  • 80

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Finland