How are the pleasures of making things work turned into processes of domination? Are there links between gender and military institutions? Does eroticism have something to do with engineering? In this book, first published in 1989, Sally Hacker explores the answers to these and other provocative questions about our attitudes toward work and leisure. Drawing from her broad experience as a sociologist, feminist and student of engineering, Hacker helps us to understand the impact of technology on our society and how feminist principles can be used to make work life more egalitarian and more humane. In the first part of the book, the author examines various examples of the masculinization of power, ranging from military institutions to the mechanisation of farm labour, computer technology and affirmative action. In the second part, Hacker presents the results of her research on Mondragon, the world’s largest cooperative workplace, located in Spain. Hacker reaches surprising conclusions about gender and technology at Mondragon, where, in spite of the community’s egalitarian philosophy, gender inequality was as pervasive as in capitalist and socialist systems.
Part 1. Gender, Technology and Work: Thought and Action 1. Tools of Pleasure and Power 2. Research, Action and Theoretical Perspectives 3. Discipline and Pleasure in Engineering 4. Military Institutions and Gender Inequality Part 2. Mondragon: Gender, Technology and Power in Cooperative Workplaces 5. Cooperativism: Principles and Practice 6. Women Workers in the Mondragon System of Producer Cooperatives 7. Gender and Technology in the Mondragon System 8. Conclusion Stories