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Women, Work and Computing

Women, Work and Computing


  • Date Published: December 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521777353

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  • Although few dispute the computer's place as a pivotal twentieth century artefact, little agreement has emerged over whether the changes it has precipitated are generally positive or negative in nature, or whether we should be contemplating our future association with the computer more with enthusiasm or trepidation. Specifically with regard to the relationship between women and computers, a diverse body of commentary has embraced the views of those who have found grounds for expressing pessimism about this association and those who have favoured a more optimistic assessment of the current situation and its probable future development. This book undertakes a thorough evaluation of the legitimacy and predictive power of the optimistic commentary. Using a large body of original qualitative data, it interrogates the bases of what it identifies as three waves of optimism and in doing so provides answers to some of the key questions asked in this field today.

    • Provision of primary qualitative evidence on gender/computing
    • Re-evaluation of existing gender/computing literature
    • Development of theoretical understanding of the women/computing relationship
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    'Woodfield's discussion of her research and her detailed analysis of her interviews with Softech employees provides a fascinating window into an intense and highly selective work environment. This together with her discussion of the nature and validity of ethnographic work makes this book an excellent model for post-graduate research students designing similar studies of work environments.' Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521777353
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Gender and the development of computer culture: the myth of the neutral computer
    2. Computers, communication and change: making way for the hybrids
    3. Softech: a 'twenty-first century organisation'
    4. Male and female pathways through the unit
    5. Hybrids and hierarchies
    6. Towards a framework for understanding the relationship between gender and skill in the unit
    7. The female future and new subjectivities
    8. Conclusion: is the future female?

  • Author

    Ruth Woodfield, University of Sussex
    Ruth Woodfield is Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, University of Sussex.

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