Gender, work and technology in the information workplace from Remington to the ATM
Boyer, Kate and England, Kim (2008) Gender, work and technology in the information workplace from Remington to the ATM. Social and Cultural Geography, 9, (3), 241-256. (doi:10.1080/14649360801990462).
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We consider the relations between gender and technology in the workplace, focusing on
clerical work in the information workplace, especially the finance and insurance sector.
Our goal is to excavate a ‘hidden history’ of how clerical work and the artifacts which
sustain it have been understood and deployed under different cultural and economic
circumstances. We employ an analysis of technosocial relations developed in Science and
Technology Studies in which meanings about ‘technology’ and ‘society’ are mutually
constitutive, changeable, and in need of maintenance in order to sustain their conceptual
coherence. By drawing on examples from the USA and Canada, we argue that at various
points over the twentieth century particular office technologies became ‘feminized’, or
associated with characteristics coded as feminine, as a means of shaping spatial practice
and social relations in the workplace.
|Keywords:||gender, technology, office work, feminist science and technology studies|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
T Technology > T Technology (General)
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
|Date Deposited:||18 Aug 2008|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2011 14:35|
|Contact Email Address:||L.K.Boyer@soton.ac.uk|
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