Discourses and Cracks : A Case Study of Information Technology and Writing Women in a Regional Context

Document type: Bookchapters
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Pirjo Elovaara, Annelie Ekelin
Title: Discourses and Cracks : A Case Study of Information Technology and Writing Women in a Regional Context
Book: Women, Work and Computerization : Charting a Course to the Future
Year: 2000
Pagination: pp. 199-207
Editor: Ellen Balka & Richard Smith
ISBN: 0-7923-7864-4
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publilshers
City: Boston & Dordrecht & Lonfon
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Human Work Science, Media Technology and Humanities (Institutionen för arbetsvetenskap, medieteknik och humaniora)
Department of Human Work Science, Media Technology and Humanities, Box 520, 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.iar.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: pirjo.elovaara@bth.se, annelie.ekelin@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: This paper discusses information technology as political and practical discourse. The repetitive discursive model can be distinguished in global, regional and local contexts and contains an optimistic belief in technology as an independent power that automatically furthers democratic development. The second part of the paper presents empirical material and experiences from the ´Women Writing on the Net´ project. The aim was to build up a virtual space for women and use writing as aim, tool and method. This created a more complex understanding of the values of the predominant IT discourses and revealed the ´cracks´ and possibilities for feminist definitions of these values.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\General
Keywords: Information technology, IT, politics, democracy, project, feminism
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