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Feminism, sociology of scientific knowledge and postmodernism:politics, theory and me

Singleton, V (1996) Feminism, sociology of scientific knowledge and postmodernism:politics, theory and me. Social Studies of Science, 26 (2). pp. 445-468. ISSN 0306-3127

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Abstract

Is postmodernism debilitating for feminists approaching science? is the actor-network approach, which rejects dualisms and universalism, politically impotent Or is such a critique epistemologically conservative? I explore these questions by drawing on empirical research examining the UK Cervical Screening Programme (CSP). Specifically, I attempt to answer the question of whether or not women should participate in the CSP and undertake a cervical smear test Because the CSP is constantly changing as participants' identities multiply in negotiation, I propose that there is no stable paint from which a single decision about lay participation can be made, however politically useful it may be to do so, I demonstrate my discomfort with talking about whether women should or should not participate. Given the dynamic nature of the Programme, a 'should' discourse is inappropriate, and can also be guilt-inducing and oppressive to women. My preference is for a discourse which emphasizes that women could participate.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Studies of Science
Uncontrolled Keywords: SCREENING-PROGRAM
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 51637
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2011 16:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 19:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51637

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