Feminist Research and Computer Science: Starting a Dialogue

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Christina Björkman
Title: Feminist Research and Computer Science: Starting a Dialogue
Translated title: Feministisk forskning och datavetenskap: Början på en dialog
Journal: Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Year: 2005
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1477-996x
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
City: Harborough
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tks.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: Christina.Bjorkman@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: In this paper I discuss how feminist research focusing epistemological issues can be used within computer science (CS). I approach and explore epistemological questions in computer science through a number of themes, which I believe are important to the issues of what knowledge is produced as well as how it is produced and how knowledge is perceived in CS. I discuss for example paradigms and metaphors in computer science, the role of abstractions and the concept of naturalisation. In order to illustrate epistemological views in CS and how these can be questioned from the viewpoints of feminist epistemology, I also do a close reading and commenting of a recent book within the philosophy of computing.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\General
Computer Science\Effects on Society
Keywords: gender, gender research, feminist research, feminist technoscience, computer science, epistemology, philosophy of computer science
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