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The Gendered Atom: The Sexual Psychology of Science [Paperback]

Theodore Roszak

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30 Oct 2000
In The Gendered Atom, Theodore Roszak explores the uncharted depths of the scientific soul. There, beneath the scientist's rational, purportedly objective surface, Roszak finds a maelstrom of repressed sexual biases and gender stereotypes. Far from a purely objective view of the natural world, science - down to the very conception of the atom - is suffused with sexual politics. And the result, sadly, is a culture at risk from global warming, nuclear proliferation, toxic waste, genetic engineering, and more.

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"Congratulations to Theodore Roszak for exposing the psychological context of Big Science. I learned much from his clear head and uncompromising heart." -- James Hillman, author of Re-Visioning Psychology and Force of Character.

Roszak's analysis of male influence on the conceptual structure, practice and applications of Western science combines all the elements we have come to expect from his writing: historical depth, lucidity, accuracy and relevance." -- Brian Goodwin, author of How the Leopard Changed His Spots

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In The Gendered Atom Theodore Roszak explores the uncharted depths of the scientific soul. Beneath the scientist's rational, purportedly objective surface, he finds a maelstrom of repressed sexual biases and gender stereotypes. Far from a purely objective view of the natural world, science-down to the very conception of the atom-is suffused with sexual politics. And the result is a culture at risk from global warming, nuclear proliferation, toxic waste, genetic engineering, and more. "Male scientists," Roszak observes, "have always been more male than scientist." So modern scientists, from the age of Galileo and Newton, have subjected nature-Mother Earth-to a typically masculine drive to control and exploit. Drawing on insights from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein-the classic tale of science gone mad-and from the new field of feminist psychology, the author shows how centuries of male domination have distorted not only scientific research and development, but also our relationship to one another and to the natural world. The Gendered Atom envisages a gender-free science that lies beyond sexual politics, respects our community with nature, and promises a more sustainable relationship between ourselves and the world we inhabit. Theodore Roszak is Professor of History at California State University, Hayward. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Making of a Counterculture, Where the Wasteland Ends and The Voice of the Earth. He has twice been nominated for the US National Book Award.

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