Gender and the Science of Difference

Gender and the Science of Difference

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How does contemporary science contribute to our understanding about what it means to be women or men? What are the social implications of scientific claims about differences between qmaleq and qfemaleq brains, hormones, and genes? How does culture influence scientific and medical research and its findings about human sexuality, especially so-called normal and deviant desires and behaviors? Gender and the Science of Difference examines how contemporary science shapes and is shaped by gender ideals and images. Prior scholarship has illustrated how past cultures of science were infused with patriarchal norms and values that influenced the kinds of research that was conducted and the interpretation of findings about differences between men and women. This interdisciplinary volume presents empirical inquiries into today's science, including examples of gendered scientific inquiry and medical interventions and research. It analyzes how scientific and medical knowledge produces gender norms through an emphasis on sex differences, and includes both U.S. and non-U.S. cases and examples.When I saw the photographs, I was sure that his assistant had opened the wrong PowerPoint file. ... with such images: Dr. Peterson tells the audience that he spent twenty years running a center focused on the repair of cranio-facial anomalies.

Title:Gender and the Science of Difference
Author:Jill A. Fisher
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2011


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