The "Racial" Economy of Science

The "Racial" Economy of Science : Toward a Democratic Future

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The classic and recent essays gathered here will challenge scholars in the natural sciences, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and women's studies to examine the role of racism in the construction and application of the sciences. Harding... has also created a useful text for diverse classroom settings." -Library Journal

A rich lode of readily accessible thought on the nature and practice of science in society. Highly recommended." -Choice

This is an excellent collection of essays that should prove useful in a wide range of STS courses." -Science, Technology, and Society

... important and provocative... "-The Women's Review of Books

The timeliness and utility of this large interdisciplinary reader on the relation of Western science to other cultures and to world history can hardly be overemphasized. It provides a tremendous resource for teaching and for research... "-Ethics

Excellent." -The Reader's Review

Sandra Harding is an intellectually fearless scholar. She has assembled a bold, impressive collection of essays to make a volume of illuminating power. This brilliantly edited book is essential reading for all who seek understanding of the multicultural debates of our age. Never has a book been more timely." -Darlene Clark Hine

These authors dispute science's legitimation of culturally approved definitions of race difference-including craniology and the measurement of IQ, the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiments, and the dependence of Third World research on First World agendas.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 748.42g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Midland Book
  • 4 b&w photos
  • 0253208106
  • 9780253208101
  • 1,247,662

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By racial economy Harding means those institutions, assumptions, and practices that are responsible for disproportionately distributing along 'racial' lines the benefits of Western science to the haves and the bad consequences to the have-nots, thereby enlarging the gap between them. Challenging traditional views of Western science as a progressive force and pure intellectual endeavor, she instead locates it as a Eurocentric institution shaped by the racist, sexist, and imperialist character of the dominant social order (from which ranks its practitioners are still largely drawn), and disserving the needs and interests of the peoples of the Third World and minorities in Western society. She further suggests that science itself has suffered as a creative force by neglecting the potential of non-Western contributions. An impressively broad array of scholarship has been assembled to explore these issues, drawn from scientists and historians of science, activists, and public policy analysts. The essays address themes of non-Western scientific traditions, scientific views of race, who gets to do science, regressive effects of technology on peoples of non-European origin, the supposed value neutrality of science, and the possibilities for a different relationship between science and society. A rich lode of readily accessible thought on the nature and practice of science in society. Highly recommended. General; undergraduate; graduate.L. W. Moore, formerly, University of Kentucky, Choice, May 1994
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About Sandra Harding

SANDRA HARDING, a philosopher, is Professor of Education and Women Studies at UCLA. She is author of Whose Science: Whose Knowledge?: Thinking from Women's Lives and The Science Question in Feminism, and editor of Feminism and Methodology: Social Science Issues.
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'The Racial Economy of Science' encompassed a range of crucial issues, including a critical revaluation of the sciences in pre-modern high cultures of China, Africa, and the Andes; how science legitimated culturally approved definitions of race difference; the dependence of Third World research of First World agendas; race, imperialism, and the application of scientific technologies in health and reproduction; developmental agriculture and applied biology in the Third World; environmental racism and environmental crises in developing countries; and visions of programs that create sciences for a democratic world community.
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Table of contents


Introduction: Eurocentric Scientific Illiteracy-A Challenge for the World Community
Sandra Harding

I. Early Non-Western Scientific Traditions

Poverties and Triumphs of the Chinese Scientific Tradition
Joseph Needham

Black Athena: Hostilities to Egypt in the Eighteenth Century
Martin Bernal

Early Andean Experimental Agriculture
Jack Weatherford

II. Science Constructs "Race"

American Polygeny and Craniometry before Darwin: Blacks and Indians as Separate, Inferior Species
Stephen Jay Gould

Racial Classifications: Popular and Scientific
Gloria A. Marshall

The Study of Race
S.L. Washburn

On the Nonexistence of Human Races
Frank B. Livingstone

IQ: The Rank Ordering of the World
R.C. Lewontin, Steven Rose, and Leon J. Kamin

The Health of Black Folk: Disease, Class, and Ideology in Science
Nancy Krieger and Mary Bassett

Appropriating the Idioms of Science: The Rejection of Scientific Racism
Nancy Leys Stepan and Sander L. Gilman

III. Who Gets to Do Science?

Aesculapius Was a White Man: Race and the Cult of True Womanhood
Ronald T. Takaki

Co-Laborer-in the Work of the Lord: Nineteenth-century Black Women Physicians
Darlene Clark Hine

Ernest Everett Just: The role of Foundation Support for Black Scientists 1920-1929
Kenneth R. Manning

Never Meant to Survive: A Black Woman's Journey-An Interview with Evelynn Hammonds
Aimee Sands

Increasing the Participation of Black Women in Science and Technology
Shirley Malcom

Without More Minorities, Women, Disabled, U.S. Scientific Failure Certain, Fed Study Says
Eileen M. O'Brien

Modern Science and the Periphery: The Characteristics of Dependent Knowledge
Susantha Goonatilake

IV. Science's Technologies and Applications

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: "A Moral Astigmatism"
James Jones

Calling the Shots? The International Poli
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