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

Making It Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China

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Arunabh Ghosh
Princeton University Press, 2020

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In 1949, at the end of a long period of wars, one of the biggest challenges facing leaders of the new People’s Republic of China was how much they did not know. The government of one of the world’s largest nations was committed to fundamentally reengineering its society and economy via socialist planning while having almost no reliable statistical data about their own country. Making It Count is the history of efforts to resolve this “crisis in counting.” Drawing on a wealth of sources culled from China, India, and the United States, Arunabh Ghosh explores the choices made by political leaders, statisticians, academics, statistical workers, and even literary figures in attempts to know the nation through numbers. Continue reading