Plants and Empire
Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World
By (author) Londa Schiebinger
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Plants and Empire by Londa Schiebinger
Book DescriptionPlants seldom figure in the grand narratives of war, peace, or even everyday life, yet they are often at the center of high intrigue. In the 18th century, epic scientific voyages were sponsored by European imperial powers to explore the natural riches of the New World and uncover the botanical secrets of its people. Bioprospectors brought back medicines, luxuries, and staples for their king and country. Risking their lives to discover exotic plants, these daredevil explorers joined with their sponsors to create a global culture of botany.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674025684
(229mm x 146mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Londa Schiebinger
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Agnotology-the study of how ignorance is produced and maintained-introduces a new and much-needed perspective for scholars across all fields of research, including the humanities and social sciences, business organization, and environmental policy and the law.
Feminism in Twentieth-century Science, Technology and Medicine, Paperback (January 2002)
The essays in this volume explore how feminist theory has had a direct impact on research in the biological and social sciences, in medicine, and in technology, often providing the impetus for fundamentally changing the theoretical underpinnings and practices of such research.
Has Feminism Changed Science?, Paperback (April 2001)
Do women do science differently? This is a history of women in science and a frank assessment of the role of gender in shaping scientific knowledge. Science is both a profession and a body of knowledge, and Londa Schiebinger looks at how women have fared and performed in both instances.
Feminism and the Body, Paperback (June 2000)» View all books by Londa Schiebinger
This collection of classic essays in feminist body studies investigates the history of the image of the female body; from the medical "discovery" of the clitoris, to the "body politic" of Queen Elizabeth I, to women deprecated as "Hottentot Venuses" in the 19th century.
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Author Biography - Londa Schiebinger
Londa Schiebinger is John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science and Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University.
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