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Feminism Confronts Technology

By: Judy Wajcman (Australian National University)


Description

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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Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745607788
ISBN10
0745607780
Publication Dates ROW:
Aug 1991
Publication Dates US:
Sep 1991
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Aug 1991



Format
229 x 155 mm
9.00 x 6.09 in
Pages
196 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745656625
ISBN10
0745656625
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2013
Publication Dates US:
May 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
194 pages

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Reviews

'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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Preface.

1. Feminist Critiques of Science and Technology.

2. The Technology of Production: Making a Job of Gender.

3. Reproductive Technology: Delivered into Men's Hands.

4. Domestic Technology: Labour-saving or Enslaving?.

5. The Built Environment: Women's Place, Gendered Space.

6. Technology as Masculine Culture.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Author Information

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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