Feminism Confronts Technology

Feminism Confronts Technology

by Judy Wajcman
     
 

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Feminism Confronts Technology provides a lively and engaging exploration of the impact of technology on women's lives from word processors to food processors, and genetic engineering to the design of cities. Comprehensive and critical, this book surveys the sociological and feminist literature on technology, highlighting the male bias in the way technology is

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Feminism Confronts Technology provides a lively and engaging exploration of the impact of technology on women's lives from word processors to food processors, and genetic engineering to the design of cities. Comprehensive and critical, this book surveys the sociological and feminist literature on technology, highlighting the male bias in the way technology is defined as well as developed. Wajcman sets the scene with an overview of feminist theories of science and technology: encompassing the technologies of production and reproduction as well as domestic technology.

The author challenges the common assumption that technology is gender neutral, looking at whether technology can liberate women or whether the new technologies are reinforcing sexual divisions in society.

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A challenge to the assumption that technology is gender neutral and an analysis of its influence on women's lives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'The comprehensive and accessible nature of the book makes it particularly suitable as a textbook in this growing field.' Donald Mackenzie, Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh

'A useful and accessible contribution to current debates about the connections between gender, technology and society.' New Technology, Work and Employment

'This book will be of considerable interest to anyone working in scientific and technical institutions facing difficulties, whether crises in funding or in communication between science and government, science and industry, science and the public.' The New Scientist

'A most welcome work that addresses precisely this issue of how gender can be registered as significant in the making of technologies... It is a text that will, hopefully, be widely read by undergraduate students.' Social Studies of Science

'Feminism Confronts Technology brings together an impressive array of feminist work on technology.' Arena Magazine

'Wajcman's book fills an important gap in the 'gender and technology' literature.' Feminist Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745656625
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/29/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
194
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Judy Wajcman's previous books include Women in Control (Open University Press, 1983). She is also the co-author of Women in Society (Virago, 1981) and co-editor of The Shaping of Technology (Virago, 1981).

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