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The local configuration of a science and innovation policy : a city into the nanoworld
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The Local Configuration of New Research Fields : on Regional and National Diversity
Merz M., Sormani P., Biniok P.
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Local trajectories and arrangements play a significant role because the development of a research field, such as nanoscience and nanotechnology, requires substantial investments in human and instrumental resources. But why are there often concentrated in a limited number of places? What dynamics lead to such concentration? The hypothesis is that there is an assemblage of heterogeneous resources through the action of local actors. The chapter will explore, from an Actor Network Theory (ANT) perspective, how the local emergence of research dynamics from: the revival of local traditions, the local and national action of institutional entrepreneurs, controversial dynamics, and researchers' arrangements to involve other actors. It will examine how they connect up with each other and mutually commit themselves to the development of new technologies. It will focus on the role of narratives in this assembling: how were the local narratives of the past mobilized and to what effect.
Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Assembling, ANT, Trajectory, Cluster, Science dynamics, Institutional entrepreneurs, Narratives, Controversy
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