Feministisch functionalisme en de politiek der dingen: Over scripts van informatie- en communicatietechnologie

Translated title of the contribution: Feminist functionalism and the politics of things: The case of the ICT-script

Margo Brouns

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This article aims to reflect on recent developments and dominant concepts in feminist theories. Some of these developments - the author states - led to a kind of feminist functionalism in which gender becomes the major social determinant and an all embracing explanation of social phenomena. In this article the concept of 'script' is introduced to avoid this kind of functionalism in the description and explanation of the relationship between women (men) and ICT. The methodology of an analysis in terms of scripts not only concentrates on the meaning of technology and the representations of women and men in the design of new technologies, it also focusses on the way people (women and men) domesticate new technologies and integrate them in their everyday life. This research perspective gives more room to the notion that 'the way women (men) behave' is not identical with 'behaving as women (men)'.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalTijdschrift voor genderstudies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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