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The cosmopolitization of science experience from Chinese stem cell scientists

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It is commonly perceived that the 'globalization of science' may result in a 'Westernization of science'. In this paper, however, I use the case of stem cell science in China to demonstrate that developing countries are sometimes able to effectively shape the norms of global / local scientific exchange. Based on interviews with 38 stem cell scientists in six Chinese cities in early 2008, this paper elucidates Chinese scientists' outlook towards cross-border collaborations and the effects that the internationalization of science has had on everyday laboratory operations. Findings suggest that although there still exists an asymmetry of scientific influence, and in many aspects China is still 'catching-up' to the West, there is also a changing nature of communication beyond borders. One key aspect of recent international scientific development is the growing necessity for local stakeholders to acquire a global mindset and to compare, reflect and accommodate diverse interests. This is what 1 define as the 'cosmopolitization of science'. The study empirically examines the sociological and methodological implications of the cosmopolitization process and further develops Ulrich Beck's cosmopolitan theory by delineating four main features of the 'cosmopolitization of science': shared future benefits, passive ethicization, reflexive negotiation, and continuous performance.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33281/

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