Caring for Participation in STS: From Empowered Patients to Ghostbusters

Karen Dam Nielsen

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Abstract

In this short report from the EASST Conference 2014, I sketch a handful of presentations that engaged with ‘participation’. Two tracks, in particular, offered interesting analyses and conceptual experiments. The first track contained primarily empirically driven studies of ‘technologies of participation’ in (health) care and provided illustrations of the conceptual ambiguities and empirical implications that continue to make participation a problematic, yet highly relevant and intriguing STS-topic. The second track featured presentations that more explicitly contributed new analytical tools for studying participation – primarily aimed at studies of public participation in deliberative processes, yet of potential relevance for studies of seemingly more ‘private’/less ‘political’ forms of participation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEASST review
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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