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From Profession to Practices in IT Design
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
2012 (English)In: Science, Technology and Human Values, ISSN 0162-2439, E-ISSN 1552-8251, Vol. 37, no 6, p. 708-728Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article the argument is that in order to find women who participate in the design of IT, it is not enough to analyze gendered divisions of labor in terms of professional belongings but also to analyze the practices behind the professional categories that are involved in IT design. The purpose of the article is to explore how actors in various ways were configured during an IT design project. The article is based on an IT design project, and the empirical material for the study was gathered through the use of ethnographic methods, and analyzed diffractively. This analysis showed that the boundaries between actors shifted, that the actors were placed in several different positions, and that what was done in practices did not always fit with the formal positions. The analysis made it possible to see that in this IT design project, women were important participants on which the whole project depended. If this project is representative also for other IT design projects, the problem of women as outsiders of IT design could be rephrased, and the problem is no longer that women are not included in IT design, but that their participation does not always become visible. © The Author(s) 2012.

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2012. Vol. 37, no 6, p. 708-728
Keywords [en]
actors, boundaries, diffraction, feminist technoscience, IT design
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Information Systems, Social aspects Gender Studies Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-17372DOI: 10.1177/0162243911409957ISI: 000310334000007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84868156116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-17372DiVA, id: diva2:572018
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Available from: 2012-11-26 Created: 2012-11-19 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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