Can Women Engineers be 'Real Engineers' and 'Real Women'?! Gendered Belonging in Engineering Workplaces. Lecture by Wendy Faulkner (UK). Ringvorlesung "For Future Innovations: Gender in Science and Technology"
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Becoming a ?member? in engineering involves more than getting a university degree. Ethnographic fieldwork reveals all sorts of subtle, taken-for-granted dynamics which serve to mark some people as ?core? and others as marginal in engineering workplaces. Many of these dynamics are about how well you fit into the dominant culture of the community, not how well you do the engineering. The everyday interactions that 'get the job done' also involve 'doing gender'. Women engineers typically face a paradox of being highly visible as women but invisible as engineers. This is linked to an underlying phenomenon by which the man engineer is seen (and felt) to be ?gender authentic? where the woman engineer is not. Women have to do far more identity work to assert both their professional and their gender identities, where men belong much more readily on both fronts.