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Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity

Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity (Hardback)

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In a stimulating interchange between feminist studies and biology, Banu Subramaniam explores how her dissertation on flower color variation in morning glories launched her on an intellectual odyssey that engaged the feminist studies of sciences in the experimental practices of science by tracing the central and critical idea of variation in biology.















As she shows, the histories of eugenics and genetics and their impact on the metaphorical understandings of difference and diversity that permeate common understandings of differences among people exist in contexts that seem distant from the so-called objective hard sciences. Journeying into areas that range from the social history of plants to speculative fiction, Subramaniam uncovers key relationships between the life sciences, women's studies, evolutionary and invasive biology, and the history of ecology, and how ideas of diversity and difference emerged and persist in each field.

GLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciences Publisher: University of Illinois Press Publication Date: 15/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9780252038655  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Banu Subramaniam is an associate professor of women, gender, sexuality studies at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, and a coeditor of Feminist Studies: A New Generation and Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties.

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