Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831–1918 (Genders and by Heather Ellis

By Heather Ellis

This publication deals the 1st in-depth examine of the masculine self-fashioning of clinical practitioners in 19th and early twentieth-century Britain. concentrating on the British organization for the development of technological know-how, based in 1831, it explores the complicated and dynamic shifts within the public picture of the British ‘man of technological know-how’ and questions the prestige of the common scientist as a contemporary masculine hero. beforehand, technology has been tested via cultural historians basically for proof concerning the methods within which clinical discourses have formed triumphing notions approximately ladies and supported the expansion of oppressive patriarchal constructions. This quantity, by means of distinction, deals the 1st in-depth learn of the significance of beliefs of masculinity within the building of the male scientist and British clinical tradition within the 19th and early 20th centuries. From the eighteenth-century identity of the ordinary thinker with the reclusive student, to early nineteenth-century makes an attempt to reinvent the scientist as a trendy gentleman, to his next reimagining because the epitome of Victorian ethical earnestness and meritocracy, Heather Ellis analyzes the advanced and altering public photograph of the British ‘man of science’.

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