Has Feminism Changed Science? / Edition 1

Has Feminism Changed Science? / Edition 1

by Londa Schiebinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674005449

ISBN-13: 9780674005440

Pub. Date: 04/02/2001

Publisher: Harvard

Do women do science differently? And how about feminists--male or female? The answer to this fraught question, carefully set out in this provocative book, will startle and enlighten every faction in the "science wars."

Has Feminism Changed Science? is at once a history of women in science and a frank assessment of the role of gender in shaping scientific

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Do women do science differently? And how about feminists--male or female? The answer to this fraught question, carefully set out in this provocative book, will startle and enlighten every faction in the "science wars."

Has Feminism Changed Science? is at once a history of women in science and a frank assessment of the role of gender in shaping scientific knowledge. Science is both a profession and a body of knowledge, and Londa Schiebinger looks at how women have fared and performed in both instances. She first considers the lives of women scientists, past and present: How many are there? What sciences do they choose--or have chosen for them? Is the professional culture of science gendered? And is there something uniquely feminine about the science women do? Schiebinger debunks the myth that women scientists--because they are women--are somehow more holistic and integrative and create more cooperative scientific communities. At the same time, she details the considerable practical difficulties that beset women in science, where domestic partnerships, children, and other demanding concerns can put women's (and increasingly men's) careers at risk.

But what about the content of science, the heart of Schiebinger's subject? Have feminist perspectives brought any positive changes to scientific knowledge? Schiebinger provides a subtle and nuanced gender analysis of the physical sciences, medicine, archaeology, evolutionary biology, primatology, and developmental biology. She also shows that feminist scientists have developed new theories, asked new questions, and opened new fields in many of these areas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674005440
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/02/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
888,779
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Women in Science

Hypatia's Heritage

Meters of Equity

The Pipeline

Gender in the Cultures of Science

The Clash of Cultures

Science and Private Life

Gender in the Substance of Science

Medicine

Primatology, Archaeology, and Human Origins

Biology

Physics and Math

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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