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The Gender Politics of Technology

Judy Wajcman

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270439.003.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 The Gender Politics of Technology

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This article examines gender difference issues related to the politics of technology. It discusses feminists' identification of men's monopoly of technology as an important source of their power and women's traditional lack of technological skills as an important element in their dependence on men. It explains the concept of the so-called technofeminism and shows that such a perspective on technology adds a new dimension to the political analyses of gender difference and sexual inequality. It suggests that the process of technical change is integral to the renegotiation of gender power relations and that the recognition that gender and technology are mutually constitutive opens up fresh possibilities for feminist scholarship and action.

Keywords: gender differences; politics; technology; technological skills; feminists; technofeminism; sexual inequality; gender power relations

Article.  5937 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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