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`Fluid, readable and accessible ... I found the overall quality of the book to be excellent. It provides an overview of major (and preceding) developments in the field of science studies. It examines landmark works, authors, concepts and approaches ... I will certainly use this book as one of the course texts' Eileen Crist, Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society, Virginia Tech Science is at the heart of contemporary society and is therefore central to the social sciences. Yet science studies has often encountered resistance from social scientists. This book attempts to remedy this by giving the most extensive, thorough and best argued account of the field and explaining to social scientists why science matters to them.This is a landmark book that demystifies science studies and successfully bridges the divide between social theory and the sociology of science. Illustrated with relevant, illuminating examples, it provides the ideal guide to science studies and social theory.
Chapter 5: Gender and Science Studies
Gender and Science Studies
The Distinctiveness of Gender as a Theme in Science Studies
It is easy to see why scientific knowledge matters to analysts of gender. In principle, science offers to tell us how the natural world is. Scientific methods of investigation accordingly ought to be able tell us to what extent gender differences or particular gender attributes are natural. According to the received views about the character of science, scientific knowledge should properly be value neutral; in other words it should tell us how things are, irrespective of whether the nature of things is to our political and cultural taste or not. The resulting claims about the natural differences or similarities between people of various kinds can thus be said to ...