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

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  • Claire Keogh
  • Alison Adam
  • Marie Griffiths
  • Karenza Moore
  • Helen Richardson
  • Angela Tattersall
Journal publication date08/2006
JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Journal number4
Volume15
Number of pages11
Pages358-368
Original languageEnglish

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.