© 2002

Feminist Challenges in the Information Age

Information as a Social Resource

  • Editors
  • Christiane Floyd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
  2. Introduction

    1. Christiane Floyd, Govind Kelkar, Silvie Klein-Franke, Cheris Kramarae, Cirila P. Limpangog
      Pages 13-15
  3. Building International Learning Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. Christiane Floyd, Silvie Klein-Franke
      Pages 19-36
    3. Christiane Floyd
      Pages 37-39
    4. Govind Kelkar, Cheris Kramarae, Cirila P. Limpangog
      Pages 41-51
    5. Dorcas Mofoluwake Akande
      Pages 67-74
  4. Gendering Information Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-76
    2. Mona El Tobgui, Judith Gregory, Djesika Amendah, Zubeeda Banu Quraishy, Tone Bratteteig, Khatuna Dzotsenidze et al.
      Pages 77-89
    3. Tone Bratteteig
      Pages 91-105
    4. Marsha Woodbury
      Pages 107-117
    5. Govind Kelkar
      Pages 119-131
  5. Enhancing Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-134
    2. Jutta Weber, Irene Aterido, Iskra Dimitrova, Claudia Draude, Miriam Engelhardt, Monika Graus et al.
      Pages 135-146
    3. Antje Eske, Tatjana Beer
      Pages 147-160
    4. Ursula Biemann, Berta Jottar
      Pages 175-185
  6. Supporting Cooperative, Interactive Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-188
    2. Lisa Link, Therona Moodley, Heike Pienkoss, Sara Sanchez Mera, Birgit Thies, Joyce Agalo et al.
      Pages 189-202

About this book


In summer 2000, about 160 women students, scientists and professionals from all over the world gathered at the University of Hamburg to join in the International Women´s University, Project Area Information. The articles in this book report on the ongoing work and the results obtained in this unique setting, which allowed for creativity and for a world-wide cooperation and exchange of views amongst women. The program was oriented mainly towards the idea of information as a social resource. It aimed to bring out women´s perspectives on understanding information and on exploring how to develop information for human needs. The focus was on how modern information and communication technologies interact with and radically change traditional ways of dealing with information, thus giving rise to information societies rooted in different cultures. Information societies come with new challenges and opportunities for women. Engaging actively and taking advantage of the technology, therefore, can be seen as a way of empowerment. The book brings out how building international learning communities opens the way to meet the challenges ahead: gendering information technology; enhancing communication; supporting cooperative, interactive learning; networking for community development; and fostering democracy.


Computer Design Internet Nation communication democracy education evaluation gender globalization information technology interdependence knowledge service

About the authors

Christiane Floyd, Professor and Head of the Software Engineering Group at the Informatics Department, University of Hamburg;
Govind Kelkar, Ph.D. in Political Economy, Professor of History and Gender and Development Studies, Consultant for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);
Silvie Klein-Franke, Ph.D. Immunobiology/Biochemistry; further education in affirmative action;
Cheris Kramarae, Professor, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon;
Cirilia P. Limpangog, B.Sc. Mass Communication, Master in Public Administration, post graduate fellow in Germany on 'Gender and Corruption'.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Feminist Challenges in the Information Age
  • Book Subtitle Information as a Social Resource
  • Editors Christiane Floyd
    Govind Kelkar
    Silvie Klein-Franke
    Cheris Kramarae
    Cirilia Limpangog
  • Series Title Schriftenreihe der internationalen Frauenuniversität »Technik und Kultur«
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2002
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-8100-3255-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-322-94954-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 421
  • Number of Illustrations 103 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Sciences, general
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