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The Racial Economy of Science: Toward a Democratic Future (Race, Gender, & Science)

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Publisher Comments:

Sandra Harding is an intellectually fearless scholar. She assembled a bold, impressive collection of essays to make a volume of illuminating power. This brilliantly edited book is essential reading for all who seek understanding of the multicultural debates of our age. Never has a book been more timely. -Darlene Clark HineFueled by the declining legitimacy of Western authority and by critiques of Eurocentrism, a number of widely acclaimed analyses of the sciences have recently appeared. Sandra Harding draws from this body of scholarship to assemble an anthology of classic essays by Third World and Western thinkers who link the sciences to local, national, and international projects for making and remaking democracy.In this rich, diverse collection, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, political theorists, and scientists treat a wide range of issues: revaluating the sciences in premodern high cultures of China, Africa, and the Andes; disputes over science's legitimation of culturally approved definitions of race difference, from craniology to the measurement of IQ; overcoming the dependence of Third World research on First World agendas; race, imperialism, and the application of scientific technologies in health and reproductive areas; the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiments; developmental agriculture and applied biology in the Third World; environmental racism and environmental crises in developing countries; questions of values, objectivity, method, and nature in sciences; and visions of programs that create sciences for a democratic world community.

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A remarkable collection of both classic and recent essays on the natural sciences representing a wide range of disciplines and including statements from various institutions concerned with science and policy. Though all of the essays challenge the assumption that Western sciences have been entirely progressive forces in history, this is not a science-bashing collection. Rather, it is an exploration of the features of Western sciences and their social context that make them susceptible to appropriation for racist and imperialist agendas. The editor provides general and section introductions.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"The classic and recent essays gathered here will challenge scholars in the natural sciences, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and women's studies to examine the role of racism in the construction and application of the sciences. Harding... has also created a useful text for diverse classroom settings." --Library Journal

"A rich lode of readily accessible thought on the nature and practice of science in society. Highly recommended." --Choice

"This is an excellent collection of essays that should prove useful in a wide range of STS courses." --Science, Technology, and Society

"... important and provocative... "

Synopsis:

'The Racial Economy of Science' encompassed a range of crucial issues, including a critical revaluation of the sciences in pre-modern high cultures of China, Africa, and the Andes; how science legitimated culturally approved definitions of race difference; the dependence of Third World research of First World agendas; race, imperialism, and the application of scientific technologies in health and reproduction; developmental agriculture and applied biology in the Third World; environmental racism and environmental crises in developing countries; and visions of programs that create sciences for a democratic world community.

About the Author

SANDRA HARDING, a philosopher, is Professor of Education and Women Studies at UCLA. She is author of Whose Science: Whose Knowledge?: Thinking from Women's Lives and The Science Question in Feminism, and editor of Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Eurocentric Scientific Illiteracy--A Challenge for the World Community

Sandra Harding

I. Early Non-Western Scientific Traditions

Poverties and Triumphs of the Chinese Scientific Tradition

Joseph Needham

Black Athena: Hostilities to Egypt in the Eighteenth Century

Martin Bernal

Early Andean Experimental Agriculture

Jack Weatherford

II. Science Constructs "Race"

American Polygeny and Craniometry before Darwin: Blacks and Indians as Separate, Inferior Species

Stephen Jay Gould

Racial Classifications: Popular and Scientific

Gloria A. Marshall

The Study of Race

S.L. Washburn

On the Nonexistence of Human Races

Frank B. Livingstone

IQ: The Rank Ordering of the World

R.C. Lewontin, Steven Rose, and Leon J. Kamin

The Health of Black Folk: Disease, Class, and Ideology in Science

Nancy Krieger and Mary Bassett

Appropriating the Idioms of Science: The Rejection of Scientific Racism

Nancy Leys Stepan and Sander L. Gilman

III. Who Gets to Do Science?

Aesculapius Was a White Man: Race and the Cult of True Womanhood

Ronald T. Takaki

Co-Laborer-in the Work of the Lord: Nineteenth-century Black Women Physicians

Darlene Clark Hine

Ernest Everett Just: The role of Foundation Support for Black Scientists 1920-1929

Kenneth R. Manning

Never Meant to Survive: A Black Woman's Journey--An Interview with Evelynn Hammonds

Aimee Sands

Increasing the Participation of Black Women in Science and Technology

Shirley Malcom

Without More Minorities, Women, Disabled, U.S. Scientific Failure Certain, Fed Study Says

Eileen M. O'Brien

Modern Science and the Periphery: The Characteristics of Dependent Knowledge

Susantha Goonatilake

IV. Science's Technologies and Applications

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: "A Moral Astigmatism"

James Jones

Calling the Shots? The International Politics of Depo-Provera

Phillida Bunkle

Colonialism and the Evolution of Masculinist Forestry

Vandana Shiva

Applied Biology in the Third World: The Struggle for Revolutionary Science

Richard Levins and Richard Lewontin

Environmental Racism

Karl Grossman

V. Objectivity, Method, and Nature: Value Neutral?

Methods and Values in Science

National Academy of Sciences

Nazi Medicine and the Politics of Knowledge

Robert Proctor

Race and Gender: The Role of Analogy in Science

Nancy Leys Stepan

The Bio-politics of a Multicultural Field

Donna Haraway

Cultural Differences in High-Energy Physics: Contrasts between Japan and the United States

Sharon Traweek

The "Relevance" of Anthropology to Colonialism and Imperialism

Jack Stauder

VI. The Future: Toward a Democratic Strategy For World Sciences

Science and Democracy: A Fundamental Correlation

Joseph Needham

People's Science

Bill Zimmerman et al.

Science and Black People

Editorial, The Black Scholar

Science, Technology and Black Community Development

Robert C. Johnson

Towards a Democratic Strategy for Science: The New Politics of Science

David Dickson

Modern Science in Crisis: A Third World Response

Third World Network

Name Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253208101
Editor:
Harding, Sandra
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Editor:
Harding, Sandra
Author:
Harding, Sandra
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Women in science
Subject:
Minority groups.
Subject:
Minorities in science.
Subject:
Women in science -- History.
Subject:
Minorities in science -- History.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Science -- Social aspects.
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Cultural Studies; Feminist; History and Philosophy of Science; Philosophy; Science; Social and Cultural Theory; Social Science; Technology; Women
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Race, Gender, and Science
Series Volume:
9457
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 bandw photos
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.27 x 6.18 x 1.2 in

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"Synopsis" by , "The classic and recent essays gathered here will challenge scholars in the natural sciences, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and women's studies to examine the role of racism in the construction and application of the sciences. Harding... has also created a useful text for diverse classroom settings." --Library Journal

"A rich lode of readily accessible thought on the nature and practice of science in society. Highly recommended." --Choice

"This is an excellent collection of essays that should prove useful in a wide range of STS courses." --Science, Technology, and Society

"... important and provocative... "

"Synopsis" by ,
'The Racial Economy of Science' encompassed a range of crucial issues, including a critical revaluation of the sciences in pre-modern high cultures of China, Africa, and the Andes; how science legitimated culturally approved definitions of race difference; the dependence of Third World research of First World agendas; race, imperialism, and the application of scientific technologies in health and reproduction; developmental agriculture and applied biology in the Third World; environmental racism and environmental crises in developing countries; and visions of programs that create sciences for a democratic world community.
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