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The mind has no sex? : women in the origins of modern science

Author: Londa L Schiebinger
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1991, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Londa L Schiebinger
ISBN: 067457625X 9780674576254
OCLC Number: 25341982
Description: xi, 355 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Institutional landscapes. Monasteries and universities ; Renaissance courts ; Scientific academies ; Women at the periphery ; Parisian salons ; Women's academies --
Nobel networks. The curious matter of math ; Noblewomen in scientific networks ; Margaret Cavendish, natural philosopher ; Cavendish, a feminist? ; Emilie du Châtelet and physics --
Scienfific women in the craft tradition. Maria Sibylla Merian and the business of bugs ; Women astronomers in Germany ; Maria Winkelmann at the Berlin Academy of Sciences ; The attempt to become academy astronomer ; The clash between guild traditions and professional science ; A brief return to the academy ; Invisible assistants --
Women's traditions. Midwifery ; Cookbooks for the health and pleasure of mankind ; Legitimizing exclusion --
Battles over scholarly style. When science was a woman ; Reading allegories ; The masculine allegory ; Did the feminine icon represent real women? ; The decline of feminine icons ; Competing scholarly styles ; The attack on the salon: a masculine style? --
Competing cosmologies: locating sex and gender in the natural order. Ancient cosmologies: woman as imperfect man ; Renaissance and early modern feminism ; Descartes and Locke: is neglect benign? ; Poullain and an anonymous Englishwoman ; Modern anatomy and the question of sexual difference --
More than skin deep: the scientific search for sexual difference. The female skeleton makes her debut ; Crafting ideals: "homo perfectus" and "femina perfecta" ; Man, the measure of all things ; The analogy between sex and race --
The triumph of complementarity. The domestic imperative ; The physicalists' foundations of complementarity ; The political foundations of complementarity ; Asymmetries in medical evidence ; Masculinity, the measure of social worth ; Purging the feminine from science ; Popular science and the decline of the virtuosa ; Was botany feminine? --
The public route barred. Marie Thiroux d'Arconville: a "sexist" anatomist ; Dorothea Erxleben, Germany's first woman M.D. ; Dorothea Schlözer, Germany's first woman Ph. D. ; Family assistants: Caroline Herschel --
The exclusion of women and the structure of knowledge. Is science value-neutral? ; The privileged voice of science ; Building the canon: the case of Kant ; The scientific guarantee of difference.
Responsibility: Londa Schiebinger.

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Schiebinger's methodical tracing of the way in which negative or fearful assumptions regarding the nature of the female mind have fed sexual discrimination--and how that discrimination has in turn Read more...

 
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