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Is Science Multicultural? : Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies - Sandra Harding

Is Science Multicultural?

Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies

Paperback Published: 22nd February 1998
ISBN: 9780253211569
Number Of Pages: 256

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Is Science Multicultural? explores what the last three decades of European/American, feminist, and postcolonial science and technology studies can learn from each other. Sandra Harding introduces and discusses an array of postcolonial science studies, and their implications for "northern" science. All three science studies strains have developed in the context of post-World War II science and technology projects. They illustrate how technoscientific projects mean different things to different groups. The meaning attached by the culture of the West may not be shared or may be diametrically opposite in the cultures in other parts of the world. All, however, would agree that scientific projects -- modern science included -- are "local knowledge systems." The interests and discursive resources that the various science studies bring groups to their projects, and the ways that they organize the production of their kind of science studies, are distinctively culturally-local also. While their projects may be unintentionally converging, they also conflict in fundamental respects.How is this inevitable cultural-situatedness of knowledge both an invaluable resource as well as a limitation on the advance of knowledge about nature? What are the distinctive resources that the feminist and postcolonial science theorists offer in thinking about the history of modern science; the diversity of "scientific" traditions in non-European as well as in European cultures; and the directions that might be taken by less androcentric and Eurocentric scientific projects? How might modern sciences' projects be linked more firmly to the prodemocratic yearnings that are so widely voiced in contemporary life? Carefully balancing poststructuralist and conventional epistemological resources, this study concludes by proposing new directions for thinking about objectivity, method, and reflexivity in light of the new understandings developed in the post-World War II world.

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A Role for Postcolonial Histories of Science in Theories of Knowledge? Conceptual Shiftsp. 1
Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies: A Space for New Questionsp. 23
Voyages of Discovery: Imperial and Scientificp. 39
Cultures as Toolboxes for Sciences and Technologiesp. 55
Postcolonial Feminist Science Studies: Resources, Challenges, Dialoguesp. 73
Are There Gendered Standpoints on Nature?p. 89
Gender, Modernity, Knowledge: Postcolonial Standpointsp. 105
Recovering Epistemological Resources: Strong Objectivityp. 124
Borderlands Epistemologiesp. 146
Dysfunctional Universality Claims? Scientific, Epistemological, and Political Issuesp. 165
Robust Reflexivityp. 188
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780253211569
ISBN-10: 0253211565
Series: Race, Gender, and Science
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd February 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.47  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4