, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 353–357 | Cite as

Sciences from below: Feminisms, postcolonialities, and modernities

  • Martha Kenney
Book Review

Sandra Harding Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008, 296 pp., US$22.95, ISBN: 978-0822342595

In Sciences from Below: Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities,Sandra Harding presents us with an ultimatum: ‘No more can the very contrast between the modern and the traditional be thought to reveal more than it hides’ (p. 191). Four decades after feminists began to address the ways that hierarchical dualisms are woven into the fabric of western knowledge-making practices, Harding's goal is not to present a brand new dualism to be dismantled, but instead to show the ongoing relevance of this old feminist project for contemporary Science and Technology Studies (STS). In order to critique the salvation narratives of western science, Harding argues, it is necessary to draw together and revisit the scholarship that has struggled to undo and move beyond the false opposition between the modern and the traditional. In this new book, Harding shows how feminist and postcolonial theorists...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Kenney
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  1. 1.Department of the History of ConsciousnessUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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