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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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Resistance Is Futile! You Will Be Assimilated

Resistance Is Futile! You Will Be Assimilated

Gender and the Making of Scientists

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(p.180) Chapter Eight Resistance Is Futile! You Will Be Assimilated
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Ghost Stories for Darwin
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Banu Subramaniam
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038655.003.0009

This chapter examines how the links between a scientific identity and a masculine one have come to shape the culture of science, and considers an alternate vision where “woman” and “science” are not rendered as incompatible identities. It recounts a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to open conversations between faculty and students in the sciences about the culture of science and the mentoring of women graduate students. As a central concern of the research was to attend to the power inequities between faculty and students, the project was designed to create a dialogue between faculty and students through facilitators without them knowing each other's identity. The student and faculty groups met independently and heard about the responses through the work of two facilitators without meeting each other. Therefore, the identity of participants in any group remained anonymous to the other groups.

Keywords:   scientific identity, masculine identity, female identity, gender, science, women graduate students, mentoring, power inequities

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