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Dhruv Raina

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198068808

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068808.001.0001

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Future Trajectories

Future Trajectories

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Images and Contexts

Dhruv Raina

Oxford University Press

The history of modern science dates back 300 or 400 years, depending on when historians or sociologically oriented historians seek to place the birth or origins of modern science, and historians of ideas seek to place the birth of modernity itself. And yet the paradox that confronts the historiography of science is that 90 per cent of all science that science historians investigate has been produced in the last fifty years, while the majority of historians are devoted to studying the science produced in previous centuries. Two external factors that have altered the trajectory of the history of science are post-colonialism and multiculturalism. In fact, from a third-world point of view, it is now recognized that developments in post-colonial history, feminist studies, post-structural critical theory, and developments within the sociology of scientific knowledge have played a non-trivial role in furthering the possibility of global history.

Keywords:   science, modernity, history, historiography, science historians, history of science, post-colonialism, multiculturalism, scientific knowledge

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