Love, Power and Knowledge

Love, Power and Knowledge : Towards a Feminist Transformation of the Sciences

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This work develops new terms for thinking about science and feminism. The author locates the feminist criticism of science as both integral to the feminist movement and also to the radical science movement. She returns to her work from 1983 on the feminist reconstruction of rationality, drawing on UK, US and Scandinavian research. She attends to the political economy of the production of knowledge and to what does and does not count as knowledge. She also explores how women and minorities are affected by these processes. Arguing that the "biology is destiny" theory is both an old and oppressive claim made by science, Rose examines at length the latest, and massively resourced, claimant - the Human Genome programme - the so-called "Holy Grail" of the new, industrialized genetics. Rose contrasts Genome's ability to turn leading male molecular biologists into a status approaching that of millionaires, with the resistance of feminism and the commitment of many working biologists, particularly - but not only - women, who work for and with families confronted by serious genetic disorders.
Rose's commitment to feminist resistance against the science and technology of oppression leads her to explore feminist science-fiction as an ally of the feminist science critics, with its imaginative capacity to explore different futures with different sciences and technologies.
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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 634g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 13 photographs, bibliography, index
  • 0745610005
  • 9780745610009

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Is a Feminist Science Possible? 2. Thinking From Caring: Feminism's Construction of a Responsible Rationality. 3. Feminism and the Academy: Success and Incorporation. 4. Listening to Each Other: Feminist Voices in the Theory of Scientific Knowledge. 5. Gender at Work in the Production System of Science. 6. Joining the Procession: (Man)aging the Entry of Women into the Royal Society. 7. Nine Decades, Nine Women, Ten Nobel Prizes: Gender Politics at the Apex of Science. 8. Feminism and the Genetic Turn: Challenging Reproductive Technoscience. 9. Dreaming the Future: Other Wor(l)ds. Epilogue: Women's Work is Never Done.
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