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A located realism: recent development within feminist science studies and the present options for feminist engineering
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1357-4500
2009 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 219-226Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article states that in order to be meaningful gender studies in engineering need to conceptualize feminist understandings into the web of routines created and maintained in engineering practice. Its theme is the area in-between laboratory settings and human-machine interfaces. This huge area includes civil engineering, energy production, mechanical engineering and more, but has hardly been addressed in feminist writing on technology. The works of Evelyn Fox Keller and Karen Barad are investigated. Their respective approaches to language differ, as do their stances with regards to the possibility of universal knowledge. As an experiment, agential realism is applied to a fictive case of a collapsing structure, and found to make sense as feminist conceptualization of such an event. But engineering takes place in complex and disruptive processes that produce situated experience. Therefore, feminist concepts of embodiment and plurality remain crucial. The author recommends a located realism.

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2009. Vol. 32, no 3, p. 219-226
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Interdisciplinary research areas - Gender
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Tvärvetenskapliga forskningsområden - Genus
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Man Machine Relation Focusing Gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8450DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2009.05.014ISI: 000268614700006Local ID: 6f5d87c0-6d52-11de-9f57-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8450DiVA, id: diva2:981388
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Validerad; 2009; 20090710 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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