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Gender and Engineering: Strategies and Possibilities

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Ingelore Welpe, Barbara Reschka and June Larkin

This book provides a critical and historical perspective on the ways concepts of ‘gender’ and ‘engineering’ have been socially constructed and the relationship to the masculinist image of engineering that has endured over time. To alter this situation, the authors in this volume propose that the focus of analyses move from the under-representation of women in engineering to an investigation of the more relational concept of gender and how gender and gender relations are embedded in the entire engineering enterprise. This book is meant for anyone who recognizes the need to rebel against gender norms and binaries if engineering is to realize its potential as a more inclusive and socially transformative project.
Contents: Critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and engineering – Historical analyses of engineering as a masculinist enterprise – The potential of engineering as a socially transformative project – Innovative approaches to transforming engineering cultures – Analyses of women engineers’ identities – Gender impact on team work and the design context in engineering schools – Gender and research contents – Gender aspects of analyses of inventions.