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Beyond Imported MagicEssays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America$
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Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027458

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001

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Working with Care: Narratives of Invisible Women Scientists Practicing Forensic Genetics in Colombia

Working with Care: Narratives of Invisible Women Scientists Practicing Forensic Genetics in Colombia

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(p.67) 4 Working with Care: Narratives of Invisible Women Scientists Practicing Forensic Genetics in Colombia
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Beyond Imported Magic
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Tania Pérez-Bustos

María Fernanda Olarte Sierra

Díaz del Castillo H. Adriana

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.003.0004

Pérez-Bustos, Olarte Sierra, and Díaz del Castillo deploy feminist theory on the politics of care to examine how gender figures in the ways various scientific practices and practitioners are made visible or invisible and their value increased or diminished. In particular, they examine how women forensic geneticists in Colombia have framed their work within a broader concern for serving justice. They demonstrate that giving care can be at odds with academic concerns, such as the desire to publish results, and thus diminish the status of the work, but not its technical difficulties.

Keywords:   Colombia, forensic scientists, feminist theory, politics of care

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