Modest witness: Feminist diffractions in science studies. Donna Haraway. In Peter Galison & David J. Stump (eds.), The Disunity of Science: Boundaries. The reading of Donna Haraway’s “Manifesto for Cyborgs” () has But worthy endeavors are not always fun, and, on balance, Modest Witness very much. Drawing upon Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer’s book on Robert Boyle and modern conceptions of scientific objectity, Donna Haraway explains the central.

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Love her or loathe her, you ignore her at your peril. In a contribution that is by itself worth the price of the book, Haraway produces a wonderfully thoughtful and complex account of Haraway has produced a volume that richly rewards the hard work and generous literacy it demands of its reader.

It is challenging, powerful, and unsettling to comfortable notions worth distressing. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Modest witness: Feminist diffractions in science studies

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The book’s title is an e-mail address. With it, Haraway locates herself modeest her readers in a sprawling net of associations more far-flung than the Internet.

The address is not a cozy home. There is no innocent place to stand in the world where the book’s author figure, FemaleMan, encounters DuPont’s controversial laboratory rodent, OncoMouse.

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Review “Donna Haraway writes about science like nobody else. Routledge; 1 edition January 17, Language: Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. See all customer images.

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Please try again later. For anyone who considers themselves a “future focused” feminist, that is a feminist deeply concerned and excited! Haraway can be a tough read, sitness for the most part it is surely worth it. Her writing is engaging and in some ways She is wtness a “clear cut” scholar, she is a philosopher, cultural critic, post-gender biologist, and post-modern feminist all-in-one, so it is not surprising that her writing is often frayed. However, I have found that Haraway’s “easiest” work: You may not get though this book very easily but when you put it down after reading through a bit, you’ll know that someday This is awful and terrible.


Haraway’s work is stunning in the risks she takes. Refusing to buy into categorical distinctions between disciplines, Haraway references and subreferences science, literature, technology, art, and anything else that could possibly be used to emphasize the cultural production of knowledge.

I disagree with just about all of Haraway’s conclusions about capitalism, but I love what she says about technology, and find in her work a fresh and innovative alternative to that of haaraway analytic philosophers and overly pedantic sociologists of science. Whether you take the book to bed with you at night harawaj toss it out the nearest fifth story window, Haraway’s work is bound to impress. A note to be made to any potential readers regarding the accessibility of this book is that there are two areas in which some background is extremely helpful: Neither critical theory terminology nor strong objectivity is explained in enough depth for a reader unfamiliar with them to understand well, and, in the case of the latter, have a strong enough grasp to consider crucial differences in the approaches jaraway Harding and Haraway.

Haraway’s stated purpose of the book is that it is an “exercise regime and self-help manual for how not to be literal-minded, while engaging promiscuously in serious moral and political inquiry I also want [readers] to have a good time.

Comedy is both object of attention and method” There is a certain tension throughout the book resulting from her dual commitment to the non-literal and playful and to the very serious. Her way of delving deeply into the adventures and symbolic meaning of fictional characters to use them to illustrate her points and her penchant for word-play are rather distracting, and frequently detract from the substance and clarity of her arguments.

Additionally, the content of Haraway’s book is enmeshed in a perhaps altogether unnecessarily elaborate format, for example, with sections of the book intended to correspond with parts of the study of semiotics.

Yet, Haraway’s main argument concerning technoscience, that there is a need to create what has been called a politicoscientific community based on participatory democratic structures, is well supported by her numerous and thought-provoking inquiries into who the actors in technoscience are, who is benefiting, who is suffering, etc. She offers effective criticism of conventional scientific weak objectivity, which is grounded in an ideal of the scientist as neutral or value-free, and seeks to build a strong objectivity that will bring into focus the interests and contributions of humans and non-humans who remain unseen or unheard in technoscientific development and practice.

I cannot help but wonder, however, why a book intending to promote participatory democratic involvement has been written in so complex a manner that it is inaccessible to countless numbers moodest people. I have two main reservations about what Haraway writes.

First, she is using her own version of Harding’s strong objectivity, which differs in important ways from the original concept. Haraway attempts to generate knowledge from the perspectives of both harqway characters, ones from paintings and ones that Haraway helps invent, and non-humans, and this is much out of keeping with Harding’s approach and yet no implications of the altered meaning of this key concept are discussed.


Second, Haraway has a clear bias toward, even a romanticization of, certain technoscientific feats like putting fish genes in tomatoes.

While she makes no attempts to conceal this bias, I do think it influences her too-quick dismissal of activists wtness against such human tinkering, as she claims she “cannot hear discussion of disharmonious crosses among organic beings and of implanted alien genes without hearing a racially inflected and xenophobic symphony” The activists to which she is referring simply deserve more credit than this.

Haraway attempts to pull together many different disciplines, thoughts, and ideas donnaa her book, but unfortunately there is no praxis. The book is written and witnfss towards scientists, but from the outset the book alienates them. The book has very little to substanciate the ideas, other than self referencing. The ideas could have been presented with the tropes in a much clearer manner, the theories could have been supplied with some way to put them into action.

I urge anyone who attempts to read this book, to thoroughly question the ideas presented in an attempt hharaway find real world possible applications. I fancy myself an intelligent individual, but this text was well beyond my comprehension.

It was assigned to my class in college and all my efforts to understand the detailed discourse failed. See all 7 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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