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Science wars

Ross, Andrew, 1956-

Durham : Duke University Press 1996

Available at Central Connecticut State University  Stack Level 6  (Q175.55 .S294 1996 )()

  • Title:
    Science wars
  • Author: Ross, Andrew, 1956-
  • Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press
  • Creation Date: 1996
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: vi, 333 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Subjects: Science -- Social aspects; Science and state; Science -- sociology
  • Description: "In the wake of the highly fractious Culture Wars, conservatives in science have launched a backlash against feminist, multiculturalist, and social critics in science studies. Paul Gross and Norman Levitt's book Higher Superstition, presented as a wake-up call to scientists unaware of the dangers posed by the "science-bashers," set the shrill tone of this reaction and led to the appearance of a growing number of scare stories about an "antiscience" movement in the op-ed sections of newspapers across the country. Unwilling to be political scapegoats for the decline in the public funding of science and the erosion of the public authority of scientists, many of these critics - natural scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and scholars in cultural studies and literary studies - have taken the opportunity to respond to the backlash in Science Wars."
    "At a time when scientific knowledge is systematically whisked out of the domain of education and converted into private capital, the essays in this volume are sharply critical of the conservative defense of a value-free science. They suggest that in a world steeped in nuclear, biogenic, and chemical overdevelopment, those who are skeptical of technology are more than entitled to ask for evidence of rationality in those versions of scientific progress that respond only to the managerial needs of state, corporate, and military elites. Whether uncovering the gender-laden assumptions built into the Western scientific method, redefining the scientific claim to objectivity, showing the relationship between science's empirical worldview and that of mercantile capitalism, or showing how the powerful language of science exercises its daily cultural authority in our society, the essays in Science Wars announce their own powerful message. Analyzing the antidemocratic tendencies within science and its institutions, they insist on a more accountable relationship between scientists and the communities and environments affected by their research."--Jacket.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Contents: Science is "good to think with" / Sandra Harding
    Does science put an end to history, or history to science? / Steve Fuller
    Meeting polemics with irenics in the science wars / Emily Martin
    My enemy's enemy is
    only perhaps
    my friend / Hilary Rose
    The gloves come off: shattered alliances in science and technology studies / Langdon Winner
    The science wars: responses to a marriage failed / Dorothy Nelkin
    Ten propositions on science and antiscience / Richard Levins
    What is science studies for and who cares? / George Levine
    Unity, dyads, triads, quads, and complexity: cultural choreographies of science / Sharon Traweek
    Making transparencies: seeing through the science wars / Sarah Franklin
    Gender and genitals: constructs of sex and gender / Ruth Hubbard
    Dispatches from the science wars / Joel Kovel
    The politics of the science wars / Stanley Aronowitz
    Sciens skirmishes and science-policy research / Les Levidow
    A few good species / Andrew Ross
    Transgressing the boundaries: toward a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity / Alan D. Sokal.
  • OCLC Number: 34789517
  • Identifier: ISBN0822318814;ISBN9780822318811;ISBN0822318717;ISBN9780822318712;ISBN0822364336;ISBN9780822364337;LCCN 96022506