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Political representations of nano in Swedish government documents

Journal article
Authors Max Boholm
Published in Science and Public Policy
Volume 41
Issue 5
Pages 575-596
ISSN 0302-3427
Publication year 2014
Published at School of Global Studies
Pages 575-596
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1093/scipol/sct092
Keywords nano; nanotechnology; government documents; linguistic analysis; linguistic patterns; politics
Subject categories Nano Technology, Communication Studies, Research policy, Linguistics

Abstract

This paper addresses the political dimensions of nanotechnology and related nanophenomena, by conducting a systematic and detailed analysis of the linguistic practices in Swedish government documents. A total of 180 documents (1985–2011) referring to nano are analysed with regard to the types of phenomena referred to in terms of nano and what is said about these nanophenomena. More precisely, the lexical and grammatical context of nano in sentences is explored. Based on these linguistic patterns, general themes are identified, for example, knowledge, support, innovation, benefits, competence and competition, application, risk, and regulation. Based on the findings, the conclusion is drawn that government discourse on nano is political in three senses: it is articulated by politicians; it formulates matters of collective concern; and it expresses and promotes specific social interests, rather than others, namely, government support of an allegedly uniform nanofield.

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