Guynecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health


Rene Almeling
University of California Press, 2020

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The average American has yet to encounter new information about the importance of “healthy sperm” and the “male biological clock.” That is because basic medical knowledge about how men matter when it comes to reproductive outcomes, from miscarriages to childhood illnesses, has only recently begun to be produced. This gap in knowledge about men is only more glaring when one considers the enormous efforts to understand and treat women’s reproductive bodies over the past century. Continue reading

Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America

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María del Pilar Blanco and Joanna Page
University Press of Florida, 2020

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“The most inclusive, informative, and up-to-date volume I have seen regarding science and culture in Latin America. An excellent choice for both the classroom and the individual researcher.”—Jerry Hoeg, coauthor of Reading and Writing the Latin American Landscape

“What is the role played by Latin America in the formation of global science? What is the role performed by science in the shaping of the imaginary in Latin America? Many will surely respond the same to both questions: they will say it has been a subsidiary or marginal role, or that they do not know. After reading this book—diverse, interdisciplinary, and highly topical—one can only agree that neither science nor Latin America are what we thought they were.”—Juan Pimentel, author of The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History Continue reading

Corporate Capitalism’s Use of Openness

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Arwid Lund and Mariano Zukerfeld
Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

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Addresses issues of governance and citizenship, politics and policy outcomes
Sits at the intersection of three fields of knowledge concerning commons and collaborative production, new business models on the Internet, and politics of cognitive capitalism’s social relations
Establishes the particularities of “open” business models and the ways in which these models are implicated in contemporary capitalist accumulation. Continue reading

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Carlos Ulises Moulines
Batiscafo, 2015

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Karl Popper y Thomas Kuhn son los dos filósofos de la ciencia más influyentes del siglo XX. El primero concibió una nueva metodología científica, el falsacionismo, según la cual la principal misión de la investigación consiste, no en verificar las teorías científicas, sino en buscar casos concretos que las refuten. En el campo de las ideas sociales y políticas, Popper desplegó una crítica sistemática de toda forma de totalitarismo. Por su parte, Kuhn alcanzó gran renombre por su interpretación del desarrollo histórico de la ciencia como una sucesión de paradigmas, cada uno de los cuales guía la investigación durante un largo período hasta que entra en crisis y es sustituido, a través de una revolución científica, por un nuevo paradigma inconmensurable con el primero. El filósofo Carlos Ulises Moulines nos presenta los enfoques completamente opuestos de Popper y Kuhn y profundiza en la polémica entre ambos autores, que desempeñó un papel significativo en la filosofía de la ciencia de la segunda mitad del siglo pasado. Continue reading

Global Epidemics: Local Implications African Immigrants and the Ebola Crisis in Dallas

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Kevin J. A. Thomas
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019

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How fear and stigma affected the lives of African immigrants during the global Ebola epidemic—and the resilient ways in which immigrant communities responded.

In December 2013, a series of Ebola infections in Meliandou, Guinea, set off a chain of events culminating in the world’s largest Ebola epidemic. Concerns about the virus in the United States reached a peak when Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting family in Dallas, became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola and die of the disease on US soil. Continue reading