Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science

Primate Visions Gender Race and Nature in the World of Modern Science Haraway s discussions of how scientists have perceived the sexual nature of female primates opens a new chapter in feminist theory raising unsettling questions about models of the family and of heter

  • Title: Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science
  • Author: Donna J. Haraway
  • ISBN: 9780415902946
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • Haraway s discussions of how scientists have perceived the sexual nature of female primates opens a new chapter in feminist theory, raising unsettling questions about models of the family and of heterosexuality in primate research.

    897 Comment

    • Ralowe Ampu says:

      my word: an imaginably sprawling and obsessive account of "what counts" in the material-semiotic field of primatology, a sociobiological myth and meaning lab where power is dreamed into itself and being. donna haraway is trying to unmake power right from its nature-culture divisive fundaments. got many thumbs-up when i would walk this hefty 90s science studies tome around. there's just so much feisty happening in this-- her opus?-- incredibly dense and webby and powerfully rendering givens inscr [...]

    • Angela says:

      This book summarizes the history of non-human primate research through a lens of "what do the approaches taken and conclusions drawn by these researchers tell us about their assumptions, worldview, prejudices, etc" in particular as they relate to gender and race. It's especially fascinating because primate research is so heavily associated with trying to figure out what aspects of human behavior are related to pure nature, versus cultural effects. So you have all these scientists who are trying [...]

    • Shannan says:

      I'm in love with Donna Haraway. Primate Visions is maddeningly dense and difficult to read, but Haraway's jungle of words isn't mere academic pretense. It serves a purpose (the best kind of purpose: a subversive, feminist one). Worth slogging through.

    • Ricardo De moore says:

      Donna Harraway's book is very much a product of 1980's critical theory. She uses primatology to shine a light on scientists own agendas and obsessions. I found it hard going and find' t read all of it. Having said this, her chapter on Robert Yerkes and the Yale Primate Research Station was well researched, if rather bold in its reading of Yerkes's inner motivations.I found it a usefull springboard into giving some cultural background to a study I was doing on William Kellogs 1930's experiment of [...]

    • Erica says:

      Best academic chapter title of 1989: "Apes in Eden, Apes in Space."

    • Arda says:

      Collected some notes on Haraway mostly from her contributions in journal articles:The way we see things is not a passive act, yet the tendency to self-profess knowledge from a distance and assume relativism that comes from a static, masculine and dominant order, restrains the myriads of vision and sensory devices (Haraway, 1988). Notes from Strat Comm:Vision is not passive, Haraway confirms, but active, and in active vision, there is a need to understand how the relationships are formed. The ten [...]

    • Virginia says:

      Haraway is absolutely brilliant and this book is packed full of amazing concepts.But she's almost unreadable. Gah. The writing is so damn painful that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to pick this book up again.

    • Tina. says:

      I only read parts of this book, so my rating is reflective of only those parts. I enjoyed some chapters and found others, if not uninteresting, boringly written. Maybe I'll give this one a shot again some day.

    • Kate says:

      "The land divided, the world united.""Man is the sex which risks life and in so doing, achieves his existence.""Every specimen is a permanent fact.""When we are afraid, we shoot. But when we are nostalgic, we take pictures.""The eye is infinitely more potent than the gun."

    • Liamers Molloy says:

      excellent

    • Shannon says:

      Good, interesting to read about the politics of primatology. Definitely a different viewpoint than you usually get.

    • Risa says:

      "Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science by Donna Jeanne Haraway (1989)"

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *