Whose Science? Whose Knowledge?
Thinking from Women's Lives
By (author) Sandra Harding
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Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? by Sandra Harding
Book DescriptionSandra Harding here develops further the themes first addressed in her widely influential book, The Science Question in Feminism, and conducts a compelling analysis of feminist theories on the philosophical problem of how we know what we know.Following a strong narrative line, Harding sets out her arguments in highly readable prose. In Part 1, she discusses issues that will interest anyone concerned with the social bases of scientific knowledge. In Part 2, she modifies some of her views and then pursues the many issues raised by the feminist position which holds that women's social experience provides a unique vantage point for discovering masculine bias and and questioning conventional claims about nature and social life. In Part 3, Harding looks at the insights that people of color, male feminists, lesbians, and others can bring to these controversies, and concludes by outlining a feminist approach to science in which these insights are central. "Women and men cannot understand or explain the world we live in or the real choices we have," she writes, "as long as the sciences describe and explain the world primarily from the perspectives of the lives of the dominant groups." Harding's is a richly informed, radical voice that boldly confronts issues of crucial importance to the future of many academic disciplines. Her book will amply reward readers looking to achieve a more fruitful understanding of the relations between feminism, science, and social life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801497469
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sandra Harding
Objectivity and Diversity, Paperback (May 2015)
Sciences from Below, Paperback (June 2008)
A preeminent science studies scholar shows how feminist and postcolonial science studies challenge the problematic modernity versus tradition binary.
Science and Social Inequality, Paperback (March 2006)
Makes the argument that the philosophy and practices of Western science, contrary to its enlightenment mission, work to insure that more science will only worsen the gaps between the best and worst off around the world.
Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Sandra Harding
In the mid 1970s and 80s, several feminist theorists began to develop alternatives to the prevailing theories and methods that had dominated academia. This collection brings together the most important scholars who have written in this area, collecting their influential essays.
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Author Biography - Sandra Harding
Sandra Harding is a Distinguished Research Professor of Education Emeritus at UCLA. Her books includeThe Science Question in Feminism, also from Cornell,Sciences From Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialisms, and Modernities, andObjectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research.
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