Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues

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University of Illinois Press, 2006 - 205 páginas
"In Science and Social Inequality, Sandra Harding makes the provocative argument that the philosophy and practices of today's Western science, contrary to its Enlightenment mission, work to insure that more science will only worsen existing gaps between the best and worst off around the world. She defends this claim by exposing the ways that hierarchical social formations in modern Western sciences encode antidemocratic principles and practices, particularly in terms of their services to militarism, the impoverishment and alienation of labor, Western expansion, and environmental destruction. The essays in this collection--drawing on feminist, multicultural, and postcolonial studies--propose ways to reconceptualize the sciences in the global social order. At issue here are not only social justice and environmental issues but also the accuracy and comprehensiveness of our understandings of natural and social worlds. The inadvertent complicity of the sciences with antidemocratic projects obscures natural and social realities and thus blocks the growth of scientific knowledge. Scientists, policy makers, social justice movements and the consumers of scientific products (that is, the rest of us) can work together and separately to improve this situation."--
 

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Controversial Issues
1
The Social World of Scientific Research
17
Science Studies
31
and Opportunities
66
Discriminatory Epistemologies and Philosophies
80
Feminist Science and Technology Studies at the Periphery
98
The Political Unconscious of Western Science
113
Are Truth Claims in Science Dysfunctional?
133
Notes
157
Bibliography
185
Index
199
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Sobre el autor (2006)

Sandra Harding is a professor of philosophy and women's studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, and the author or editor of eleven books including The Science Question in Feminism, Whose Science? Whose Knowledge?, and Is Science Multicultural?

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