Discourses in Gender andTechnology: Taking a Feminist Gaze

Discourses in Gender andTechnology: Taking a Feminist Gaze

Sheila French (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-968-7.ch008
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The majority of women are not involved in the design, manufacturing or shaping of technology in many Western societies. This is at a time when governments globally see technology as an enabler to economic success. Using feminist scholarship and discourse analysis, this chapter questions why patterns of gender segregation prevail in technology related fields in the United Kingdom. The chapter critically analyses why government policy, and equal opportunities initiatives, have so far largely failed to increase women’s participation. Using examples taken from two educational settings, the chapter uses the narratives of individual’s experiences of technology, their engagement, or lack of engagement with it, to examine the dominant discourses of the field. It is argued that technology discourses, which shape our understanding and identity with technology, are gendered. It is argued that current policies and initiatives, based on giving women equality of access will continue to make little difference. That until gendered dominant discourses of technology are deconstructed and examined; we will not have the tools to address the current situation of gender segregation.

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Emma Rooksby
Chapter 1
Sirkku Kristina Hellsten
This chapter is about the role of ICT in global justice. It will analyze, firstly, the epistemological relationship between new information... Sample PDF
From Information Society to Global Village of Wisdom? The Role of ICT in Realizing Social Justice in the Developing World
Chapter 2
Don Fallis
The digital divide refers to inequalities in access to information technology. Those people who do not have access to information technology are at... Sample PDF
Epistemic Value Theory and the Digital Divide
Chapter 3
Kenneth Einar Himma
I argue that the law should provide limited protection of intellectual property interests. To this end, I argue that whether the law ought to... Sample PDF
Justifying Intellectual Property Protection: Why the Interests of Content Creators Usually Win Over Everyone Else's
Chapter 4
Charles Ess
The explosive, global diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and computer-mediated communication (CMC) confronts us with the... Sample PDF
Universal Information Ethics? Ethical Pluralism and Social Justice
Chapter 5
Soraj Hongladarom
The problem of global digital divide, namely disparity in internet access and use among the various regions of the world, is a growing concern. Even... Sample PDF
Global Digital Divide, Global Justice, Cultures and Epistemology
Chapter 6
Digital Disempowerment  (pages 112-147)
Kenneth L. Hacker, Shana M. Mason, Eric L. Morgan
The digital divide involves fundamental ethics issues concerning how democracy and democratization are related to computer-mediated communication... Sample PDF
Digital Disempowerment
Chapter 7
Bernd Carsten Stahl
A book on the topic of information technology and social justice would seem to be based on several implicit assumptions. One of these is that there... Sample PDF
Social Justice and Market Metaphyics: A Critical Discussion of Philosophical Approaches to Digital Divides
Chapter 8
Sheila French
The majority of women are not involved in the design, manufacturing or shaping of technology in many Western societies. This is at a time when... Sample PDF
Discourses in Gender andTechnology: Taking a Feminist Gaze
Chapter 9
Darryl Macer
Computers are a vehicle for the information age, and are central to the dispersal of descriptive accounts of technology, and to interactive... Sample PDF
Computing Ethics, Intercultural Comparisons
Chapter 10
William Wresch
This chapter examines well-known technological shortages in developing countries in the context of Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach. The... Sample PDF
500 Million Missing Web Sites: Amartya Sen's Capabilities Approach and Measures of Technological Deprivation in Developing Countries
Chapter 11
A. Raghuramaraju
This chapter introduces two distinct models of morality, namely, constitutive which is available in traditional moral philosophy and consequential... Sample PDF
Computer Ethics: Constitutive and Consequential Morality
Chapter 12
Emma Rooksby, John Wekert, Richard Lucas
In this paper, the authors examine the problem of the digital divide in Australia, drawing substantially on a study by carried out for the... Sample PDF
The Digital Divide in Australia: Is Rural Australia Loosing Out?
Chapter 13
Yeslam Al-Saggaf
This chapter looks at the effects of the widening of the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, in terms of the digital divide, in Saudi Arabia.... Sample PDF
The Digital Divide within the Digital Community in Saudi Arabia
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