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Im/Partial Science: Gender Ideology in Molecular Biology (Race, Gender, & Science)

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Publisher Comments:

"... this is an outstanding book. Closely argued and clearly written, it offers astonishing insights into the alchemy by which ideology gets transmuted into scientific fact." --Women and Health

"... a significant contribution for those positioned at the nexus of rhetoric, feminism, and science....richly detailed analysis that demonstrates how ideological underpinnings shape both the construction of science and a discipline that claims to hold answers to the mysteries of life." --Quarterly Journal of Speech

"As a molecular biologist and women's studies director, Spanier's expertise and awareness of these two fields converge in her knowledgeable discussion of the formal representations of molecular biology and their inherent gender ideology." --Choice

"Spanier's critique brings the strengths of feminist science theory to the heart of contemporary science. Spanier speaks to natural scientists and to feminist scholars as a scientist." --Sandra Harding

"... an eye-opening intrduction to the way philosophical views influence biology. Physicians should sit up and take special notice of Spanier's work. If harmful, unexamined social assumptions penetrate the core of biology, it is doubtful that the rest of biology is untouched by them." --Journal of the American Medical Association

Exploring the discourse of scientists and scientist-educators, Spanier illuminates distortions and implicit values: from male-female stereotypes imposed onto bacteria to singling out one molecule, DNA, as the controlling molecule of life. Defining molecular biology as molecular genetics may result in a narrow approach to the concept of life and to the study of diseases such as cancer. She calls for a rethinking of science in the social, economic, and political contexts in which it is enmeshed.

Book News Annotation:

Best known today for her nature writing and southwestern cultural studies, Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934) has been increasingly recognized for her outspoken essays on feminist themes. This volume collects her nonfiction journalism, with each essay prefaced by brief introductory remarks by the editor.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [161]-204) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Part I: Context and Methodology

1. Molecular Biology from a Feminist Perspective

An Introduction

2. Bridging the Gulf

Feminism and Molecular Biology

3. Methodology

Part II: Gender Ideology in the Content of Molecular Biology

4. Sex and the Single Cell

Distorting Genetics

5. Sex and Molecules

From Hormones to Brains

6. From Menstruation to DNA

Centralized Control

7. Power at a Price

Unifying Principles

Part III: Science and Society in Molecular Biology

8. Molecular Biology

Disinterested Science?

Conclusion: Strengthening the Bridge

Appendix A. Fields of Graduate Study in Biology

Appendix B. Field Definitions from Peterson's Guide

Appendix C. Fields and Techniques

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253209689
Subtitle:
Gender Ideology in Molecular Biology
Author:
Spanier, Bonnie B.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Molecular biology
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Prejudice
Subject:
Sexism in biology.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Molecular Biology
Subject:
Biology-Molecular
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Gender; History and Philosophy of Science; Science; Women
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Race, Gender, and Science
Series Volume:
4313
Publication Date:
19950922
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.23 x 6.17 x 0.75 in

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