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Inventing the Mathematician
Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics
Inventing the Mathematician
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Sara N. Hottinger - Author
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 215 pages
Release Date: March 2016
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6009-3

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Paperback - 215 pages
Release Date: January 2017
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6010-9

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Considers how our ideas about mathematics shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field.

Where and how do we, as a culture, get our ideas about mathematics and about who can engage with mathematical knowledge? Sara N. Hottinger uses a cultural studies approach to address how our ideas about mathematics shape our individual and cultural relationship to the field. She considers four locations in which representations of mathematics contribute to our cultural understanding of mathematics: mathematics textbooks, the history of mathematics, portraits of mathematicians, and the field of ethnomathematics. Hottinger examines how these discourses shape mathematical subjectivity by limiting the way some groups—including women and people of color—are able to see themselves as practitioners of math. Inventing the Mathematician provides a blueprint for how to engage in a deconstructive project, revealing the limited and problematic nature of the normative construction of mathematical subjectivity.

“[Hottinger’s] approach is scholarly but also informed by an unusual (but in some ways common) personal story: she considered becoming a mathematician before ultimately pursuing a career in women’s studies. The result is a highly readable book that might just change math haters’ minds about math (and, perhaps, make some math lovers more open to critical approaches to the field).” — Inside Higher Ed

“This text fills a great void … a welcome addition.” — CHOICE

Sara N. Hottinger is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Keene State College.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. The Discursive Construction of Gendered Subjectivity in Mathematics

3. Mathematical Subjectivity in Historical Accounts

4. The Role of Portraiture in Constructing a Normative Mathematical Subjectivity

5. The Ethnomathematical Other

6. Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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