Technologies of Humility: Citizen Participation in Governing Science

  title={Technologies of Humility: Citizen Participation in Governing Science},
  author={Sheila Jasanoff},
Building on recent theories ofscience in society, such as that provided bythe `Mode 2' framework, this paper argues thatgovernments should reconsider existingrelations among decision-makers, experts, andcitizens in the management of technology.Policy-makers need a set of `technologies ofhumility' for systematically assessing theunknown and the uncertain. Appropriate focalpoints for such modest assessments are framing,vulnerability, distribution, and learning. 
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E-mail: sheila_jasanoff@harvard
  • E-mail: sheila_jasanoff@harvard