In this paper we analysed three study cases in which conflicts were raised as a popular response to governmental actions involving science and technology issues in Brazil: the first attempts for introducing the decimal metric system in the country in 1860s/1870s; the ‘Riot against Vaccinations', in the beginning of the 20th Century; and the contemporaneous GM crops controversy. We discuss also some consequences of the absence of public engagement in science and technology issues that have a significant social impact.

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Popular response to science and technology issues in Brazil
Consequences of the lack of public engagement

Luisa Massarani   Museum of Life/Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz, Brazil

Ildeu de Castro Moreira   Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

In this paper we analysed three study cases in which conflicts were raised as a popular response to governmental actions involving science and technology issues in Brazil: the first attempts for introducing the decimal metric system in the country in 1860s/1870s; the ‘Riot against Vaccinations', in the beginning of the 20th Century; and the contemporaneous GM crops controversy. We discuss also some consequences of the absence of public engagement in science and technology issues that have a significant social impact.

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