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Patriarchal machines and masculine embodiment
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change.
2002 (English)In: Science, Technology and Human Values, ISSN 0162-2439, Vol. 27, no 4, 460-478 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hegemonic masculinity is a concept that lit is been of central concern in gender research on different musculinities. However, with the exception of the pioneering work of Wajcman, it has not been widely discussed in relation to studies of science and technology. In this article, which mainly draws on anthropological fieldwork among car and motor mechanics in Penang, Malaysia, a certain form of hegemonic masculinity based on an intimate embodied interaction with machines, is being discussed. Such a masculinity is furthermore founded on an anthropomorphization of the man-machine relationship in which the machines are transformed into subjects in what might be termed a masculine technical sociability. In such a sociability, machines are understood as a means of a performative and embodied communication enabling masculine homosocial bonding linkages.

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2002. Vol. 27, no 4, 460-478 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-47852DOI: 10.1177/016224302236177OAI: diva2:268748
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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