TechnoFeminism / Edition 1

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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 and will appeal to students in sociology, women's studies, cultural studies, and science and technology studies.
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'Draws on a range of feminist perspectives, including the liberaland radical perspectives, to aid the analysis and to suggestfruitful ways forward for feminism.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745630434
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Wajcman is Professor of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University and a Visiting Centennial Professor in the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminist Utopia or Dystopia? 1
1 Male Designs on Technology 10
From Access to Equity 13
Science as Ideology 16
Technology as Patriarchal 18
Sex, Class and Technology 23
2 Technoscience Reconfigured 32
Beyond Technological Determinism 33
From Gender-Blind to Gender-Aware 40
Combining Feminist and Technology Studies 45
3 Virtual Gender 56
Networked Community 58
Cyberfeminism: 'The clitoris is a direct line to the matrix' 63
Performing Gender in Cyberspace 66
Technology as Freedom 71
4 The Cyborg Solution 78
Embracing Science and Technology 80
From Man of Science to FemaleMan 83
OncoMouse: Technologizing Life and Reprogramming Nature 88
Send in the Cyborgs 92
5 Metaphor and Materiality 102
Changing Technologies, Changing Subjectivities 104
Towards Technofeminism 108
Sociotechnical Practice: Expertise and Agency 116
Notes 131
Index 143
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