Attaching People and Technology: Between E and Government

Document type: Bookchapters
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Christina Mörtberg, Pirjo Elovaara
Title: Attaching People and Technology: Between E and Government
Book: Gender Isssues in Learning and Working with Information Technology: Social Constructs and Cultural Contexts
Year: 2010
Pagination: 83-98
Editor: Shirley Booth, Sara Goodman, Gill Kirkup
ISBN: 978-1-61520-813-5
Publisher: Information Science Reference
City: Hershey, New York
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Planning and Media Design (Sektionen för planering och mediedesign)
School of Planning and Media Design S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail:,
Language: English
Abstract: The Swedish public sector is involved in an overwhelming change process aiming toward creating a good-service society based on information technology. Rationalisation, efficiency and effectiveness are the leading signs in the dominating discourse of Swedish society of today. This discourse is silent about public sector employees, their agencies, their participation, and how the public sector is the dominant labour market for women. Alternative stories of women’s presence in the creation of a good-service society are presented with a focus on performances of gender, skills, learning and technology. The empirical material was collected in municipalities in the south east of Sweden. Methods sensitive to everyday practices in order to create space and time for women and their stories were developed and used. The methodological approaches, feminist technoscience, provide opportunities to move beyond the dominating IT discourses in order to make visible other discourses where women are present.
Subject: Feminist Technoscience Studies\General
Technoscience Studies\Feminist Technoscience
Technoscience Studies\General
Keywords: ICT, work practices, feminist technoscience, methods, cartography, learning, gender