Modest_Witness@Second_Millenium.FemaleMan_Meets_OncoMouse explores the roles of stories, figures, dreams, theories, facts, delusions, advertising, institutions, economic arrangements, publishing practices, scientific advances, and politics in twentieth-century technoscience.
The book's title is an e-mail address. With it, Haraway locates herself and her readers in a sprawling net of associations more far-flung than the Internet. The address is not a cozy home. There is no innocent place to stand in the world where the book's author figure, FemaleMan, encounters DuPont's controversial laboratory rodent, OncoMouse.
"Donna Haraway writes about science like nobody else. She's exploring new territory, she's drawing new maps, she's onto something--the metaphors come thick and fast. Love her or loathe her, you ignore her at your peril." -- New Scientist
"Haraway's 'modest witness' is a fascinating figure…In a contribution that is by itself worth the price of the book, Haraway produces a wonderfully thoughtful and complex account of…the interpenetration of biology and capitalism, two central players on the stage of politics…Haraway has produced a volume that richly rewards the hard work and generous literacy it demands of its reader. It is challenging, powerful, and unsettling to comfortable notions worth distressing." -- LSojourner
"A mixture of passionate polemic, abtruse theory, and technological musing." -- Detroit Free Press
"A conversation with Haraway is an experience you don't soon forget." -- Santa Cruz County Sentinel
"It can change the way you think." -- San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle
"A richness of insight, challenge, wit, and intelligence that will raise the level of discourse in anthropology, should we have the wit to respond." -- American Anthropologist
"A useful and provocative attempt to expose and retell core narratives in science. . ." -- Journal of the History of Biology