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dc.contributor.authorÅm, Heidrun
dc.contributor.authorSolbu, Gisle
dc.contributor.authorSørensen, Knut Holtan
dc.description.abstractIn this article, we introduce the concept of ‘the imagined scientist’. It inverts previous discussions of the public as an imagined community with a knowledge deficit, to examine imagined scientists representing an actor (or group of actors) with deficits in knowledge or concern about social issues. We study how Norwegian science policymakers, on the one hand, and biotechnologists and nanotechnologists, on the other, articulate and engage with social responsibility. The article identifies what we call ‘deficit trouble’, when there is poor alignment of the deficits of different imagined scientists, which may lead to a stalemate in the communication between science policymakers and scientists. We argue that ‘the imagined scientist’ can function as sensitizing concept for further studies of science governance across a range of topics, bringing into view how different deficit logics operate in science policyen_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleThe imagined scientist of science governanceen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.source.journalSocial Studies of Scienceen_US
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