Science Wars

Science Wars

by Andrew Ross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822318814

ISBN-13: 9780822318811

Pub. Date: 10/29/1996

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In the wake of the highly fractious Culture Wars, conservatives in science have launched a backlash against feminist, multiculturalist, and social critics in science studies. Paul Gross and Norman Levitt's book Higher Superstition, presented as a wake-up call to scientists unaware of the dangers posed by the "science-bashers," set the shrill tone of this reaction and…  See more details below

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In the wake of the highly fractious Culture Wars, conservatives in science have launched a backlash against feminist, multiculturalist, and social critics in science studies. Paul Gross and Norman Levitt's book Higher Superstition, presented as a wake-up call to scientists unaware of the dangers posed by the "science-bashers," set the shrill tone of this reaction and led to the appearance of a growing number of scare stories about an "antiscience" movement in the op-ed sections of newspapers across the country. Unwilling to be political scapegoats for the decline in the public funding of science and the erosion of the public authority of scientists, many of these critics - natural scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and scholars in cultural studies and literary studies - have taken the opportunity to respond to the backlash in Science Wars. At a time when scientific knowledge is systematically whisked out of the domain of education and converted into private capital, the essays in this volume are sharply critical of the conservative defense of a value-free science. They suggest that in a world steeped in nuclear, biogenic, and chemical overdevelopment, those who are skeptical of technology are more than entitled to ask for evidence of rationality in those versions of scientific progress that respond only to the managerial needs of state, corporate, and military elites. Whether uncovering the gender-laden assumptions built into the Western scientific method, redefining the scientific claim to objectivity, showing the relationship between science's empirical worldview and that of mercantile capitalism, or showing how the powerful language of science exercises its daily cultural authority in our society, the essays in Science Wars announce their own powerful message. Analyzing the antidemocratic tendencies within science and its institutions, they insist on a more accountable relationship between scientists and the communities and environments a

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822318811
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/29/1996
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Science Is "Good to Think With"16
Does Science Put an End to History, or History to Science? Or, Why Being Pro-science Is Harder than You Think29
Meeting Polemics with Irenics in the Science Wars61
My Enemy's Enemy Is - Only Perhaps - My Friend80
The Gloves Come Off: Shattered Alliances in Science and Technology Studies102
The Science Wars: Responses to a Marriage Failed114
What Is Science Studies for and Who Cares?123
Unity, Dyads, Triads, Quads, and Complexity: Cultural Choreographies of Science139
Making Transparencies: Seeing through the Science Wars151
Gender and Genitals: Constructs of Sex and Gender168
Ten Propositions on Science and Antiscience180
Dispatches from the Science Wars192
The Politics of the Science Wars202
Consolidating the Canon226
Detoxifying the "Poison Pen Effect"238
The Flight from Reason: Higher Superstition and the Refutation of Science Studies259
A la recherche du temps perdu: A Review Essay293
Science Skirmishes and Science-Policy Research302
A Few Good Species311
Contributors321
Index325

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