By Elisabeth Kelan
Offering a unique perception into how gender is played in modern high-tech paintings and introducing an inventive and novel approach of examining the fluidity and pressure of gender at paintings via discourse analytic equipment the writer highlights how adjustments on this planet of labor engage with alterations in gender family members.
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Gender activities emerge from and bolster claims to membership category’ (West and Zimmerman, 1987: 127). People are thus already sex categorised when they do gender. In the ethnomethodological approach the individual is an active agent who organises behaviour to express gender (1987: 127). The individual does certain things to count as a woman or a man and therefore draws on a repertoire of learned gender activities. Although gender is an individual act, the interactional component means that the individual act is open to interpretation and assessment by others.
This suggests that gender is seen as de-traditionalised but may continue to matter in different ways. Women in ICT work are also in a non-traditional employment area, and it could be interesting to see how gender identities are negotiated. Furthermore, it is worth considering how far gender identities in general are constructed in relation to a gender ideology. Given that men dominate ICT employment, one could assume that work performances are infused with masculinity. However, although ICT work has long 38 Performing Gender at Work been portrayed as being populated by socially incompetent hackers, the insight that ICT work is service work has brought to the fore the social and emotional competencies ICT workers need to possess.
2). These studies have shown how technologies can enforce or challenge gender segregation at work and how technologies can flexibly be defined as masculine or feminine according to who performs the job. , 2000; Poynter and Miranda, 2000; Wickham, 2001). One could assume that when technologies enter the workplace, they are gender neutral, but this would be to neglect the fact that technologies are also gendered by design (Berg, 1994; Berg and Lie, 1995). Technical development can take different roads, but which roads are taken depends on social interactions (MacKenzie and Wajcman, 1999b).
Performing Gender at Work by Elisabeth Kelan