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Computer Science, Gender and Knowledge: Situated Readings
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2003 (English)In: How do we make a difference? / [ed] Mörtberg, Christina; Elovaara, Pirjo; Lundgren, Agneta, Luleå: Division Gender and Technology, Luleå University of Technology , 2003, 157-174 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)Alternative title
Datavetenskap, genus och kunskap : situerade läsningar (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

A text is read, interpreted and comprehended in different ways, depending on for example the perspectives of the reader. As a reader I take an active part in the creation of meaning when I interact with the text and so also, indirectly, with the author(s). In this paper I explore what I call situated readings, using the concept of partial perspectives in reading a text. I will read a text on women and computer science, an article from Communications of the ACM 1997. This article has gained a lot of attention and is still frequently cited within the community of computer scientists. This reading exercise reflects my own development, in that I explicitly try to make use of my background and experiences. I am a lecturer in computer science, and for a number of years I have been interested in questions and issues surrounding the under-representation of women within computer science and in the various different attempts to define, describe and suggest solutions to this ‘problem’. I have gone from taking part in, and actively leading, projects targeting women within CS, to an interest in trying to gain a complex understanding of this issue and challenging existing frameworks and explanations. The reading will reflect how my questions mainly concerning the low number of women in CS have evolved, as a result of experience and later from feminist studies, into other questions, approaching “the science question” (Harding 1986).

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Luleå: Division Gender and Technology, Luleå University of Technology , 2003. 157-174 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-9983Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo5C0EBC9623D3C00BC1256E2A005A5A0FISBN: 91-972568-9-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-9983DiVA: diva2:837989
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2004-01-29 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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