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

Sandra G. Harding
Indiana University Press, 1993 - : 526

"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... "Â 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... "Â 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 differenceincluding 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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Have Western sciences been entirely progressive, particularly in regards to "race?'' Or is their inherent Eurocentrism responsible for perpetuating a "racial economy''--that is, for parceling out ...

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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.