Furious: technological feminism and digital futures

Bassett, Caroline, Kember, Sarah and O'Riordan, Kate (2019) Furious: technological feminism and digital futures. Digital Barricades . Pluto. ISBN 9780745340500 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Technological transformations are accelerating in the world. There is a tendency in digital technology and innovation to celebrate the new, to rely on the technical fix and to promise futures in which good consumers are empowered. Discourses of big data dominate in political, economic and educational fields as well as in practices of media consumption. At the same time, the fields of digital media and digital humanities scholarship have a tendency to venerate technical forms and essences and to adopt gendered writing and citation practices. This is marked by, for example, the way that critical theory is considered separate from feminist thought, and the way that the material turn, object orientation and scientism is valorized. In this context, it is important to intervene, to offer a critique, and to contest those writing practices and politics. This book does so by foregrounding feminist traditions and contributions to media and cultural theory. Its aim is to offer alternative modes of knowledge production and to outline intersectional feminist values and visions of digital media and technological futures. Furious: Technological Feminism and Digital Futures frames the digital as a space of antagonism within which it is possible to rethink critical and political positions, including feminism. It does so in order to reformulate a sense of where we are, as differentiated subjects in technoculture, and to re-think what needs to be done.

The book operationalizes its critique through structure and writing styles as well as scholarship. A preface provides a guide into the mode of address adopted in the introductory chapter, which is followed by three inquiries and a conclusion. This first chapter intervenes in the field through a mode of feminist poetics drawn from a history of collaborations and forms of address within feminist writing. The three inquiry chapters which follow, do their work through an attention in turn to: 1) bodies and selves; 2) work and home; and 3) environment and world. The final chapter develops a set of propositions about futures, knowledge and technology. The text draws attention to questions of authorship and citation and stresses the validity of the modes of writing explored in the inquiry chapters.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: digital media theory, feminism, digital cultures, genomics, smart cities,
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
Depositing User: Kate O'Riordan
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 09:06
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2019 09:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83386

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