The seemingly unlimited technological potential of nanotechnology brings with it new practices of governance, networking, and exercising power and agency. Focusing on scholars in the Global South, this text covers nanotechnology discourses, imaginaries, and materialities as they circulate and interact within governance knowledge networks. Rather than adapt their actions to existing governance mechanisms and science, technology, and innovation policy, scientists use the imaginary of nanotechnology to create new symbolic and material incentives, thus shaping its governance. By tracing the constantly shifting asymmetries of knowledge and power, the book offers fresh insights into the dynamics of knowledge networks.
Marcela Suárez Estrada is a research fellow and lecturer at the Lateinamerika-Institut at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
1. Introduction: "The Power of Small"2. Assembling Power, Agencies, and Governance in Nanotechnology Networks3. Imagining a Better Future for Mexico through Nanodiscourses4. Liking Governance, Agencies, and Knowledge Networks at CIMAV5. CIMAV and the Weaving of Transnational Knowledge Networks6.Conclusion