TechnoFeminism / Edition 1

TechnoFeminism / Edition 1

by Judy Wajcman
     
 

Do technologies have sex? Until recently popular stereotypes have associated technology strongly with masculinity. But in the new digital age, wired women are populating cyberspace and embracing technological change. The cyborg figure has fired the feminist imagination as an icon of women’s power and freedom from biological sex difference. What does the new

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Overview

Do technologies have sex? Until recently popular stereotypes have associated technology strongly with masculinity. But in the new digital age, wired women are populating cyberspace and embracing technological change. The cyborg figure has fired the feminist imagination as an icon of women’s power and freedom from biological sex difference. What does the new global information society – interconnected, genetically engineered, digitally designed, remotely controlled – hold for women? While most commentators assert that everything in the digital future will be different, how true is this for the social relations of gender?

This timely and engaging book argues that technoscientific advances are radically transforming the woman-machine relationship. However, it is feminist politics rather than the technologies themselves that make the difference. TechnoFeminism fuses the visionary insights of cyberfeminism with a materialist analysis of the sexual politics of technology. Drawing on new perspectives in postmodernism, feminist theory and science and technology studies, Judy Wajcman explores the ways in which technologies are gendered both in their design and use. At the same time, she shows how our very subjectivity is shaped by the technoscientific culture of the world we inhabit. This book provides a lucid, accessible and succinct interpretation of some of the most complex and urgent debates of our times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745630434
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Feminist Utopia or Dystopia?1
1Male Designs on Technology10
From Access to Equity13
Science as Ideology16
Technology as Patriarchal18
Sex, Class and Technology23
2Technoscience Reconfigured32
Beyond Technological Determinism33
From Gender-Blind to Gender-Aware40
Combining Feminist and Technology Studies45
3Virtual Gender56
Networked Community58
Cyberfeminism: 'The clitoris is a direct line to the matrix'63
Performing Gender in Cyberspace66
Technology as Freedom71
4The Cyborg Solution78
Embracing Science and Technology80
From Man of Science to FemaleMan83
OncoMouse: Technologizing Life and Reprogramming Nature88
Send in the Cyborgs92
5Metaphor and Materiality102
Changing Technologies, Changing Subjectivities104
Towards Technofeminism108
Sociotechnical Practice: Expertise and Agency116
Notes131
Index143

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