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    Thinking like a man? The cultures of science

    Segal, Lynne (2003) Thinking like a man? The cultures of science. Women: a Cultural Review 14 (1), pp. 1-19. ISSN 0957-4042.


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    Culture includes science and science includes culture, but conflicts between the two traditions persist, often seen as clashes between interpretation and knowledge. One way of highlighting this false polarity has been to explore the gendered symbolism of science. Feminism has contributed to science studies and the critical interrogation of knowledge, aware that practical knowledge and scientific understanding have never been synonymous. Persisting notions of an underlying unity to scientific endeavour have often impeded rather than fostered the useful application of knowledge. This has been particularly evident in the recent rise of molecular biology, with its delusory dream of the total conquest of disease. It is equally prominent in evolutionary psychology, with its renewed attempts to depict the fundamental basis of sex differences. Wars over science have continued to intensify over the last decade, even as our knowledge of the political, economic and ideological significance of science funding and research has become ever more apparent.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Lynne Segal’s complete profile and publication history can be viewed at
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): culture, disease, evolutionary psychology, gender, ideology, interpretation, knowledge, molecular biology, politics, science, science wars
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR), Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2005
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:46


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