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Simians, cyborgs, and women : the reinvention of nature

Author: Donna Jeanne Haraway
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1991.
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"The idea that nature is constructed, not discovered - that truth is made, not found - is the keynote of recent scholarship in the history of science. Tracing the gendered roots of science in culture, Donna Haraway's writings about scientific research on monkeys and apes is arguably the finest scholarship in this tradition. She has carefully studied the publications, the papers, the correspondence, and the history  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donna Jeanne Haraway
ISBN: 0415903866 9780415903868 0415903874 9780415903875
OCLC Number: 21870286
Description: x, 287 pages, 11 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Animal sociology and a natural economy of the body politic : a political physiology of dominance --
The past is the contested zone : human nature and theories of production and reproduction in primate behaviour studies --
The biological enterprise : sex, mind, and profit from human engineering to sociobiology --
In the beginning was the word : the genesis of biological theory --
The contest for primate nature : daughters of man-the-hunter in the field, 1960-80 --
Reading Buchi Emecheta : contests for "women's experience" in women's studies --
"Gender" for a Marxist dictionary : the sexual politics of a word --
A cyborg manifesto : science, technology, and socialist-feminism in the late twentieth century --
Situated knowledges : the science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective --
The biopolitics of postmodern bodies : constitutions of self in immune system discourse.
Responsibility: Donna J. Haraway.

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"The idea that nature is constructed, not discovered - that truth is made, not found - is the keynote of recent scholarship in the history of science. Tracing the gendered roots of science in culture, Donna Haraway's writings about scientific research on monkeys and apes is arguably the finest scholarship in this tradition. She has carefully studied the publications, the papers, the correspondence, and the history of the expeditions and institutions of primate studies, uncovering the historical construction of the pedigrees for existing social relations - the naturalization of race, sex, and class. Throughout this book she is analysing accounts, narratives, and stories of the creation of nature, living organisms, and cyborgs (cybernetic organisms: systems which embrace organic and technological components). She also looks critically at the immune system as an information system, and shows how deeply our cultural assumptions penetrate into allegedly value-neutral medical research. In several of these essays she explores and develops the contested terms of reference of existing feminist scholarship; and by mapping the fate of two potent and ambiguous words-'nature' and 'experience'-she uncovers new visions and provides the possibility of a new politics of hope. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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