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Gender & technology : a reader / edited by Nina E. Lerman, Ruth Oldenziel, Arwen Mohun.


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Publication date:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
  • Book
  • x, 465 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Title Variation:
Gender and technology
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction : Interrogating boundaries / Nina E. Lerman, Ruth Oldenziel, Arwen P. Mohun
  • Why feminine technologies matter / Judith A. McGaw
  • Why masculine technologies matter / Ruth Oldenziel
  • Situated technology : meanings / Rebecca Herzig
  • Situated technology : camouflage / Rachel P. Maines
  • Industrial genders : constructing boundaries / Nina E. Lerman
  • Industrial genders : home/factory / Arwen P. Mohun
  • Industrial genders : soft/hard / Paul N. Edwards
  • Cigarmaking / Patricia Cooper
  • Dressmaking / Wendy Gamber
  • Meatpacking / Roger Horowitz
  • Programming / Jennifer Light
  • Economics and homes : agency / Joy Parr
  • Home economics : mediators / Carolyn M. Goldstein
  • Home ideologies : progress? / Ronald R. Kline
  • The shoulders we stand on/The view from here : historiography and directions for research / Nina E. Lerman, Arwen P. Mohun, Ruth Oldenziel.
Publisher's Summary:
For most of human experience, certainly of late, the artefacts of technological civilization have become closely associated with gender, sometimes for physiological reasons (brassieres or condoms, for example) but more often because of social and cultural factors, both obvious and obscure. Because these stereotypes necessarily have economic, social and political consequences, understanding how gender shapes the ways we view and use technology - and how technology shapes our concept of gender - has emerged as a matter of serious scholarly importance. "Gender and Technology" brings together leading historians of technology to explore this entwined and reciprocal relationship, focusing on the tools (cars, typewriters, computers, vibrators), industries (dressmaking, steam laundering, cigar making, meat packing) and places (factories, offices, homes) of North America between 1850 and 1950. Together, these essays reveal the ways in which technology and gender - far from being essential, immutable categories - develop historically as social constructions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Lerman, Nina E., 1961-
Oldenziel, Ruth, 1958-
Mohun, Arwen, 1961-

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