publication . Article . 2011

Vulnerability, Justice, Nanotechnology Risk Perceptions

Joseph Conti; Barbara Herr Harthorn; Terre Satterfield;
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  • Published: 31 Mar 2011 Journal: Risk Analysis, volume 31, pages 1,734-1,748 (issn: 0272-4332, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
As an emerging domain of risk research, nanotechnologies engender novel research questions, including how new technologies are encountered given different framing and contextual detail. Using data from a recent U.S. national survey of perceived risks (N= 1,100), risk versus benefit framings and the specific social positions from which people encounter or perceive new technologies are explored. Results indicate that vulnerability and attitudes toward environmental justice significantly influenced risk perceptions of nanotechnology as a broad class, while controlling for demographic and affective factors. Comparative analyses of different examples of nanotechnolog...
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free text keywords: Physiology (medical), Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality, Risk perception, Nanotechnology, Vulnerability, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Narrative, Environmental justice, Ambivalence, Public policy, Psychology, Social psychology, Emerging technologies
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