Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues (Race and Gender in Science)

3.81 avg rating
( 21 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780252030604: Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues (Race and Gender in Science)

Rethinking the ways modern science encodes destructive political philosophies

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Book Description:

Rethinking the ways modern science encodes destructive political philosophies

In Must Science Advance Inequality?, Sandra Harding makes the provocative argument that the philosophy and practices of today’s Western science, contrary to its enlightenment mission, work to insure that more science will only worsen existing gaps between the best and worst off around the world. She defends this claim by exposing the ways that hierarchical social formations in modern Western sciences encode antidemocratic principles and practices, particularly in terms of their services to militarism, the impoverishment and alienation of labor, Western expansion, and environmental destruction. The essays in this collection--drawing on feminist, multicultural, and postcolonial studies--propose ways to reconceptualize the sciences in the global social order. 

At issue here are not only social justice and environmental issues but also the accuracy and comprehensiveness of our understandings of natural and social worlds. The inadvertent complicity of the sciences with antidemocratic projects obscures natural and social realities and thus blocks the growth of scientific knowledge. Scientists, policy makers, social justice movements and the consumers of scientific products (that is, the rest of us) can work together and separately to improve this situation.

About the Author:

Sandra Harding is a professor of philosophy and women's studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, and the author or editor of eleven books including The Science Question in Feminism,Whose Science? Whose Knowledge?, and Is Science Multicultural?

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

(No Available Copies)

Search Books:



Create a Want

If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!

Create a Want