Sciences from Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities (Next Wave: New Directions in Women’s Studies)

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Sciences from Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies) Author Sandra Harding
ISBN-10 0822342820
ISBN-13 9780822342823
Year 2008-06-25
Pages 296
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press
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In Sciences from Below the esteemed feminist science studies scholar Sandra Harding synthesizes modernity studies with progressive tendencies in science and technology studies to suggest how scientific and technological pursuits might be more productively linked to social justice projects around the world Harding illuminates the idea of multiple modernities as well as the major contributions of post Kuhnian Western feminist and postcolonial science studies She explains how these schools of thought can help those seeking to implement progressive social projects refine their thinking to overcome limiting ideas about what modernity and modernization are the objectivity of scientific knowledge patriarchy and Eurocentricity She also reveals how ideas about gender and colonialism frame the conventional contrast between modernity and tradition As she has done before Harding points the way forward in Sciences from Below Describing the work of the post Kuhnian science studies scholars Bruno Latour Ulrich Beck and the team of Michael Gibbons Helga Nowtony and Peter Scott Harding reveals how from different perspectives they provide useful resources for rethinking the modernity versus tradition binary and its effects on the production of scientific knowledge Yet for the most part they do not take feminist or postcolonial critiques into account As Harding demonstrates feminist science studies and postcolonial science studies have vital contributions to make they bring to light not only the male supremacist investments in the Western conception of modernity and the historical and epistemological bases of Western science but also the empirical knowledge traditions of the global South Sciences from Below is a clear and compelling argument that modernity studies and post Kuhnian feminist and postcolonial sciences studies each have something important and necessary to offer to those formulating socially progressive scientific research and policy

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