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Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education


reviewed by Carol J. Burger — March 24, 2009

coverTitle: Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education
Author(s): Sandra L. Hanson
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 1592136214, Pages: 208, Year: 2008
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The literature about race and science began with “scientific” studies purporting to prove that oppression, colonization, and mistreatment of races other than white were justified due to the inferiority of non-white, non-European peoples. The first responses to this faulty research are outlined in the introductory chapter of Sandra L. Hanson’s new book Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education. Hanson takes us through the history of writings about the abuses of minorities in the name of science and the writings about the “exceptionals” like George Washington Carver and E.E. Just. The progression of these responses mirrors what was done in the name of women and science centuries before: first, the Introduction showcases those who were able to succeed despite the barriers they had to overcome; second, it concentrates on exposing the cultural and institutional barriers themselves; and third, shows how the “science” used to marginalize the minority... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15599, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 4:23:36 AM

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  • Carol Burger
    University of Vermont
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    CAROL J. BURGER is an Associate Professor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Director of the Science & Gender Equity Program at the University of Vermont.
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