How diversity gets lost: Age and gender in design practices of information and communication technologies

Nelly Oudshoorn, Louis Neven, Marcelle Stienstra

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Abstract

This article adopts an intersectional approach to investigate how age, gender, and diversity are represented, silenced, or prioritized in design. Based on a comparative study of design practices of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for young girls and older people, this article describes differences and similarities in the ways in which designers tried to cope with diversity. Ultimately diversity was neglected, and the developers relied on hegemonic views of gender and age, constructed older people and young girls as an “other,” and consequently their input was neglected. These views were thus materialized in design and reinforce such views in powerful yet unobtrusive ways.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-185
JournalJournal of women & aging
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2016

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