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The Production of Science

Bearing Gender, Caste and More

Bittu Karthik Kondaiah (bittu.kondaiah@gmail.com) currently teaches biology and psychology at Ashoka University, Sonepat. Shalini Mahadev (shalini.mahadev@gmail.com) and Maranatha Grace Tham Wahlang (maranathat@gmail.com) are PhD students at the University of Hyderabad.

The discourse on gender and science in India remains largely oblivious of the ways in which caste and class shape the gender experience of those who do science, and operate with gender to shape the project of science itself. There are many ways in which science and the process of producing it are gendered and bear caste that are detrimental to the very project of doing “good” science in India. A collaboration between three scientists with differing caste, gender and nationality locations— one addresses the issue as a Scheduled Tribe student from one of the states in North East India, another addresses the structures of caste and gender as a Scheduled Caste student from Hyderabad, and a third addresses the same as a dominant caste genderqueer transgender professor—their experiences of science are shaped in multiple contexts in this article.

Updated On : 20th Aug, 2017

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