
06448898
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2015d.00473
Mesquita, M\^onica
Restivo, Sal
All human beings as mathematical workers: sociology of mathematics as a voice in support of the ethnomathematics posture and against essentialism.
Philos. Math. Educ. J. 27, 14 p., electronic only (2013).
2013
Professor Paul Ernest, University of Exeter, Graduate School of Education, Exeter
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E20
C60
A40
D20
mathematics and philosophy
knowledge
mathematics and society
sociology of mathematics
sociology of science
sociocultural aspects
ethnomathematics
equity
postmodernism
essentialism
mathematical discourse
Durkheim
Rousseau
social being
http://people.exeter.ac.uk/PErnest/pome27/Mesquita%20and%20Restivo%20%20All%20Human%20Beings%20as%20Mathematical%20Workers.docx
Summary: This paper draws attention to the mathematical knowledge of all human beings, looking to mathematics as a category of knowledge being a product of collective actions. To ground this mathematical concept, we worked with sociology of mathematics voices searching for dialogical ways to nourish the ethnomathematics posture, which assumes all human being are mathematical workers. We also point out that this posture requires moving against essentialism and Platonic postures in mathematics.