• If “Diversity” Is the Answer, What Is the Question? Understanding Diversity Advocacy in Voluntaristic Technology Projects

    Author(s):
    Christina Dunbar-Hester (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Diversity studies, Ethnography, Gender, Science and technology studies (STS), Software studies
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/yg7g-9b80
    Abstract:
    Dunbar-Hester vividly cuts to the heart of gender issues embedded within computing cultures by exploring questions of “diversity” tied to FLOSS and hackerspace projects. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork within these sites, she reveals a wide array of motivations behind diversity programs. In doing so, she assesses the potential of such projects for political intervention, foregrounding the placement of technology at the center of social empowerment initiatives. The result of this work is a profound recognition of the continued gulf between rhetorics of plurality and claims to social power.
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