Toward a feminist natural science: linking theory and practice

Kerr, E. A. (1998) Toward a feminist natural science: linking theory and practice. Women's Studies International Forum, 21(1), pp. 95-109. (doi: 10.1016/S0277-5395(97)00081-2)

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In this paper I tackle the gulf between feminist epistemologies of science and the practice of the natural sciences. I begin by considering the feminist epistemologies of science, focusing in particular on standpoint theories and objectivity in the work of Harding, Haraway, Longino, and Nelson, and identifying the problems in applying these theories in the natural sciences. I then move on to consider some of the views expressed by feminists with experience of practice in the natural sciences. I argue that this gives them a privileged standpoint from which to understand what a feminist natural science might mean, and use their views to elaborate my critique of the feminist epistemologies of science. I end by exploring practical strategies for moving toward a feminist natural science, emphasising diversity amongst practitioners; unpacking established conceptual categories in science (especially gender); elaborating the role of subjectivity in guiding research questions and analysing data; and developing links between the different disciplines of science and with the local community.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kerr, Professor Anne
Authors: Kerr, E. A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Women's Studies International Forum
ISSN (Online):1879-243X
Published Online:15 June 1998

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