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Ghost Stories for DarwinThe Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity$
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Banu Subramaniam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038655

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038655.001.0001

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Aliens of the World Unite!

Aliens of the World Unite!

A Meditation on Belonging in a Multispecies World

(p.142) Chapter Six Aliens of the World Unite!
Ghost Stories for Darwin
Banu Subramaniam
University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how academic, intellectual, political, personal, natural, and cultural voices came into conversation with each other. Rarely do we explore the profound ways in which these same narratives of personal, cultural, political, and economic contexts and the various life experiences or the trials and tribulations of one's life can have a profound and uncanny influence on scientific epistemology and methodology. This chapter argues that the cultural contexts of science are not just a byproduct or curiosity but in fact can be the source of new insights, new theories, and new knowledge for science. Studying science in context affords a glimpse into the entanglements of the natural and cultural, the personal and professional, and the political and intellectual, entanglements that become a rich site for new knowledge and theory making.

Keywords:   science, scientific epistemology, scientific methodology, interdisciplinary research, foreign plants, animals, kindred subjectivities, invasion biology

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