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From women and technology to gendered technoscience

Wajcman, Judy (2007) From women and technology to gendered technoscience. Information, Communication and Society, 10 (3). pp. 287-298. ISSN 1369-118X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13691180701409770


This paper situates current discussions of women's position in ICTs in the wider context of feminist debates on gender and technology. While a common trend among early feminist theorists was a profound pessimism about the inherent masculinity of technology, this was replaced during the 1990s by an unwarranted optimism about the liberating potential of technoscience for women. This article gives an account of both technophobia and technophilia, arguing that recent approaches drawing on the social studies of technology provide a more subtle analysis. Avoiding both technological determinism and gender essentialism, technofeminist approaches emphasize that the gender-technology relationship is fluid and flexible, and that feminist politics and not technology per se is the key to gender equality.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 15:49
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 23:21

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