By Micæla di Leonardo
Gender on the Crossroads of information brings feminist anthropology modern, highlighting the theoretical sophistication that characterizes fresh examine. Twelve essays by way of striking students, written with the volume's matters in particular in brain, variety around the broadest anthropological terrain, assessing and contributing to feminist paintings on organic anthropology, primate reports, international financial system, new reproductive applied sciences, ethno-linguistics, race and gender, and extra. The editor's creation not just units twenty years of feminist anthropological paintings within the a number of contexts of alterations in anthropological concept and perform, political and fiscal advancements, and bigger highbrow shifts, but in addition lays out the critical insights feminist anthropology has to supply us within the postmodern period. The profound concerns raised by way of the authors resonate with the fundamental pursuits of any self-discipline occupied with gender, that's, all the social sciences and arts.
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The feminist critiques themselves are interesting - they cite case after case of sexist and androcentric views that have leaked into supposedly objective theories and descriptions of our natural and social world but the more interesting results are the views feminists have developed about objectivity itself. Chapter 2 Power and Objectivity There has been confusion and consternation about objectivity for feminists ever since we began to suspect that the perfectly 'objectively true' view that women aren't as rational as men turned out to be, well, not all that objective, and not all that true.
Rather than claim any allegiance to a particular interpretation or application of Quine or Kuhn, my intention here is to underscore how their views have motivated and underpinned the feminist critiques of science. In addition, these views serve as points of origin for the scrutiny surrounding the concept of objectivity in science. The feminist critiques themselves are interesting - they cite case after case of sexist and androcentric views that have leaked into supposedly objective theories and descriptions of our natural and social world but the more interesting results are the views feminists have developed about objectivity itself.
This is what I take to be the most important problem highlighted by MacKinnon, and any comprehensive attempt to revise the concept of objectivity should at least give us a way to assess the effect (if any) of personal, cultural or political power on science. Wealth and Power Though MacKinnon does not address the connection between wealth and power, but rather focuses on gender and power, one should not underestimate the extent to which power may - like gender obstruct the pursuit of scientific objectivity.