Feminism and Science (Race, Gender, and Science) by Nancy Tuana

By Nancy Tuana

"... considerate opinions of the myriad concerns among ladies and science." -- Belles Lettres"Outstanding choice of essays that increase the basic questions of gender in what we've been taught are aim sciences." -- WATERwheel"... all the articles are good written, informative, and convincing. Admirable editorial paintings makes this anthology strangely valuable for students and students... hugely recommended... " -- ChoiceQuestioning the objectivity of medical inquiry, this quantity addresses the scope of gender bias in technological know-how. The participants study the ways that technology is stricken by and reinforces sexist biases. The essays exhibit technology to be a cultural establishment, dependent through the political, social, and fiscal values of the tradition in which it truly is practiced.

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Fee, E. 1981. Is feminism a threat to scientific objectivity? International Journal of Women's Studies 4 (4): 213233. 1982. A feminist critique of scientific objectivity. Science for the People 14 (4): 8. 1986. Critiques of modern science: The relationship of feminism to other radical epistemologies. In Feminist approaches to science, ed. Ruth Bleier. New York: Pergamon Press. Fennema, E. and J. Sherman. 1977. Sex-related differences in mathematics achievement, spatial visualization and affective factors.

She argues that the question itself presupposes an objectivity and absolutism inconsistent with many feminist perspectives, and blurs our understanding of the gender politics of theory construction. She advocates the adoption of an extended Network Model of theory-construction, or what Alcoff labeled the Holistic Model. Through a detailed examination of the circumstances surrounding the adoption of the corpuscular philosophy in England, Potter illustrates the ways in which theory generation can be affected by gender politics.

Olga Opfell's (1978) The Lady Laureates: Women Who Have Won the Nobel Prize and Lynn Osen's (1974) Women in Mathematics are based upon this model. Many individual biographies on famous figures such as Marie Curie (Reid 1974), Rosalind Franklin (Sayre 1975), Sophie Germain (Bucciarelli and Dworsky 1980), Mary Somerville (Patterson 1983), and Sofia Kovalenskia (Koblitz 1983) have also emerged. Demonstrating that women have been successful in traditional science is important in that it documents the fact that despite the extreme barriers and obstacles, women can do science.

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