Feminist Theories of Technology

Posted: 25 Jan 2010

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Judy Wajcman

Australian National University (ANU) - Faculty of Science & Mathematical Sciences Institute

Date Written: January 2010


Feminist theories of technology have come a long way over the last quarter of a century. The expanding engagement at the intersection of feminist scholarship and science and technology studies (STS) has enriched both fields immeasurably, and I will largely focus my reflections on the literature associated with these sites. I begin by highlighting the continuities as well as the differences between contemporary and earlier feminist debates on technology. Current approaches focus on the mutual shaping of gender and technology, in which technology is conceptualised as both a source and consequence of gender relations. In avoiding both technological determinism and gender essentialism, such theories emphasise that the gender-technology relationship is fluid and situated. These deliberations highlight how processes of technical change can influence gender power relations. A feminist politics of technology is thus key to achieving gender equality.

Keywords: Gender, Technology, Power

JEL Classification: B54, J16, 031

Suggested Citation

Wajcman, Judy, Feminist Theories of Technology (January 2010). Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 143-152, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1540390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/ben057

Judy Wajcman (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Faculty of Science & Mathematical Sciences Institute ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

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