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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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New Cartographies of Variation

New Cartographies of Variation

The Future of Feminist Science Studies

(p.223) Conclusion New Cartographies of Variation
Ghost Stories for Darwin
Banu Subramaniam
University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the major points posited so far in this book, and contains the author's personal reflections on the need for new cartographies of study in the presence of these naturecultural paradigms. It emphasizes the need to replace insular and narrowly focused areas of study with communal histories and communal storytelling. Naturecultural visions show us that individual disciplines are each imbued with cultural norms and histories while being blind to those influences. Hence, the chapter also returns to the metaphor of ghosts in representing the silenced eugenic history of ecology and evolutionary biology and our consequent refusal to suitably acknowledge the horrors of eugenics.

Keywords:   natureculture, ghosts, communal histories, communal storytelling, interdisciplinary research, cultural norms, feminist studies, eugenics

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