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Chapter 4: The Origin, History, and Politics of the Subject Called “Gender and Science”: A First Person Account

The Origin, History, and Politics of the Subject Called “Gender and Science”: A First Person Account

The origin, history, and politics of the subject called “gender and science”: A first person account
Evelyn Fox Keller

MARY Poovey (1989) introduced the term border cases to denote historical phenomena that, by virtue of their location on the “border between two defining alternatives,” constitute privileged sites for examining the ideological work of gender; “border cases,” she writes, “mark the limits of ideological certainty” (p. 12). Peter Galison has introduced a closely kindred notion of “trading zones” to call attention to the extensive traffic across borders (in his case, between experiment, instruments, and theory) and hence to the impossibility of clear demarcations between these different domains (Galison, 1990). Both notions might ...

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