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Description: 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 womenrsquo;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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 5/21/2004
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: Feminist Utopia or Dystopia?|
|Male Designs on Technology|
|From Access to Equity|
|Science as Ideology|
|Technology as Patriarchal|
|Sex, Class and Technology|
|Beyond Technological Determinism|
|From Gender-Blind to Gender-Aware|
|Combining Feminist and Technology Studies|
|Cyberfeminism: 'The clitoris is a direct line to the matrix'|
|Performing Gender in Cyberspace|
|Technology as Freedom|
|The Cyborg Solution|
|Embracing Science and Technology|
|From Man of Science to FemaleMan|
|OncoMouse: Technologizing Life and Reprogramming Nature|
|Send in the Cyborgs|
|Metaphor and Materiality|
|Changing Technologies, Changing Subjectivities|
|Sociotechnical Practices: Expertise and Agency|