TechnoFeminism

ISBN-10: 0745630448

ISBN-13: 9780745630441

Edition: 2004

Authors: Judy Wajcman

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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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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 5/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Feminist Utopia or Dystopia?
Male Designs on Technology
From Access to Equity
Science as Ideology
Technology as Patriarchal
Sex, Class and Technology
Technoscience Reconfigured
Beyond Technological Determinism
From Gender-Blind to Gender-Aware
Combining Feminist and Technology Studies
Virtual Gender
Networked Community
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
Towards Technofeminism
Sociotechnical Practices: Expertise and Agency
Notes
Index
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