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Women and Science: What's the Problem?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lisa Garforth


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In recent years the issue of gender and SET (science, engineering, and technology) careers has become prominent in policies and debates in the UK. This paper explores the ways in which equalities solutions pertaining to women and science are locked into a narrow stock of taken-for-granted assumptions about the nature of the problem. Drawing on Foucauldian models of the productive nature of discourse, we examine the proliferation of reports and initiatives which frame the issue and critically discuss their institutional consequences including gender audits and gender experts,and the ways in which raising the profile of women in science also involves reinscribing feminine difference.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Garforth L, Kerr A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Social Politics

Year: 2009

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Pages: 379-403

ISSN (print): 1072-4745

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2893

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/sp/jxp015


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