A convenient dichotomy: Critical eyes on the limits to biological knowledge

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In The Secret Identity of a Biology Textbook: straight and naturally sexed, Jesse Bazzul and Heather Sykes conduct a case study of a biology textbook as an oppressive instructional material. Using queer theory they explore how the text of the biology textbook produces "truths" about sex, gender, and sexuality. Their analysis is complemented by the Forum papers by Jay Lemke and Francis Broadway who broaden the analysis examining the way that what counts as knowledge in science is a political decision while also encouraging authors, including Bazzul and Sykes, to also look critically at their own theoretical lenses. In this paper I pull together their ideas while exploring cultural contexts for a more nuanced representation of biological knowledge and the politics of what it means to know science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalCultural Studies of Science Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Biology
  • Gender
  • History
  • Ideology
  • Nature of science
  • Sex
  • Sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies


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