Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface: The Red Queen Runneth: On Interdisciplinarity

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pp. vii-xii

Traversing liminal spaces, traveling the hallways of academia, at the borderlands of disciplines . . . Almost there, but never quite. Meandering, half mesmerized, half muddled, always mumbling. Dare I speak? Almost there, but never quite. Almost a scientist, yet a feminist; almost a feminist, yet a scientist; almost a...

Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction: Interdisciplinary Hauntings: The Ghostly World of Naturecultures

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pp. 1-24

The woman in a flowing white sari glides by on a dark moonlit night surrounded by a fuzzy eerie glow. The trees rustle gently. A haunting melody plays in the background . . . These were frequent scenes in Bollywood and other Indian movies that I grew up with. Ghosts in Indian movies are always characters...

Part I. Genealogies of Variation: The Case of Morning Glory Flowers

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1. Thigmatropic Tales: On the Politics and Social Lives of Morning Glories

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pp. 27-44

An academy with separate and distinct disciplines has carved knowledge production into unique objects of studies and methodologies, obscuring the teeming life between the worlds of natures and cultures. A central goal of this book is to illustrate what an interdisciplinary naturecultural analysis would look like...

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2. A Genealogy of Variation: The Enduring Debate on Human Differences

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pp. 45-69

Elizabeth Wilson writes that we need to move away from those feminist discourses that “constitute the biological as fixed, locatable, and originary” (1998: 95). Rather, the biological is mutable, constantly changing, and evolving—both as a field and as the actual “matter” of biology. In this sense, a genealogical...

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3. Singing the Morning Glory Blues: A Fictional Science

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pp. 70-92

Singing the morning glory blues . . . voice soaring . . . floating through the expansive landscape . . . unhindered, uncontrolled . . . the cadences riding the winds . . . free floating. No obstacles, not limited by the ground or the sky . . . but free to explore, to roam the world, all the world. Free to go where the notes take...

Part II. Geographies of Variation: The Case of Invasion Biology

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4. Alien Nation: A Recent Biography

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pp. 95-124

Where do plants, animals, and humans originate, and does it matter? Who migrates where, when, and why and to what consequences? Part II explores the naturecultural worlds of invasion biology. This project on biological invasions began simply enough as an interdisciplinary project in science and the...

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5. My Experiments with Truth: Studying the Biology of Invasions

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pp. 125-141

Over the past three decades feminist scholars have amply demonstrated that critical social categories such as gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation are inextricably interconnected with science and its studies of nature. Science has played a central role in shaping these categories, and these categories have in...

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6. Aliens of the World Unite!: A Meditation on Belonging in a Multispecies World

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pp. 142-156

The project on biological invasions that I have described in this section of the book was conceived as a joint project across the sciences and science studies, bringing the vast resources of the humanities and the biological sciences together to understand the natural world. After all, geographic origin...

Part III. Biographies of Variation: The Case of Women in the Sciences

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7. Through the Prism of Objectivity: Dispersions of Identity, Culture, Science

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pp. 159-179

My memories of second grade largely come from a wastepaper basket. In my second-grade class, whenever a student talked too much, usually when the teacher’s back was turned and there were more interesting things to talk about...

8. Resistance Is Futile! You Will Be Assimilated: Gender and the Making of Scientists

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pp. 180-199

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9. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Revisiting the Question of Women in the Sciences

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pp. 200-222

In the famous Hans Christian Anderson fable, The Emperor’s New Clothes, the emperor commissions a cloak. Under pressure to produce ever finer cloaks, the cloth maker and tailor invents a deception—the finest fabric ever, a fabric so fine and fantastical that it is visible only to the truly intellectually deserving...

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Conclusion. New Cartographies of Variation: The Future of Feminist Science Studies

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pp. 223-228

During the summer I was revising this manuscript, I decided to grow morning glories in my garden. An obeisance of sorts to this glorious creature that had captured my imagination two decades ago and has ever since made me long for the immensity of its naturecultural possibilities. It has been a glorious...

Notes

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pp. 229-234

References

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pp. 235-270

Index, About the Author, Production Notes

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pp. 271-282