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Being an IT in IT : gendered identities in the IT workplace.

Keogh, Claire and Adam, Alison and Griffiths, Marie and Moore, Karenza and Richardson, Helen and Tattersall, Angela (2006) Being an IT in IT : gendered identities in the IT workplace. European Journal of Information Systems, 15 (4). pp. 358-368. ISSN 1476-9344

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Abstract

This paper reflects on aspects of gender and IT work. The core hypothesis is that, if technical skill and masculinity are fundamentally related, then women working in IT jobs who are, in effect, challenging masculine skills by gaining them themselves, must develop a number of strategies to cope with the challenge that they feel is being made to their own gender identities and those of the men with whom they work. One strategy is for women to distance themselves from IT work; a second strategy is for women to distance themselves from their identities as women. Our results are drawn from a set of semi-structured interviews. We adopt the approach of critical research that seeks to expose asymmetric power relations in the organization and to let silenced voices be heard. This is related to the literature on silence in organizations. Within the critical approach, we chose a feminist methodology that looks towards identifying practices that are problematic for women and that acknowledges our biases and interests as researchers. Additionally, we draw upon the theoretical constructs of the gender and technology literature to theorize the relationship between gender and technical skill and how this impacts conceptions of gender identity.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Information Systems
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender identity ; women in IT ; gender and technology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 8076
Deposited By: Mrs Karen Gerrard
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2008 13:41
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 11:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8076

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