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Women and Everyday Uses of the Internet


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Contents: Steve Jones: Foreword - Mia Consalvo/Susanna Paasonen: Introduction: On the Internet, Women Matter - Susanna Paasonen: Gender, Identity, and (the Limits of) Play on the Internet - Kate O'Riordan: Windows on the Web: The Female Body and the Web Camera - Johanna Dorer: Internet and the Construction of Gender: Female Professionals and the Process of Doing Gender - Noemi Sadowska: Women's Internet Sites: A Search for Design Strategies to Engage the Female Viewer - Mia Consalvo: Selling the Internet to Women: The Early Years - Leda Cooks/Mari Castaneda Paredes/Erica Scharrer: There's 'O Place' Like Home: Searching for Community on - Karen E. Gustafson: Join Now, Membership Is Free: Women's Web Sites and the Coding of Community - Virpi Oksman: So I Got It Into My Head That I Should Set Up My Own Stable...: Creating Virtual Stables on the Internet as Girls' Own Computer Culture - Jennifer M. Tiernan: Women Veterans and the Net: Using Internet Technology to Network and Reconnect - Jamie M. Poster: Trouble, Pleasure, and Tactics: Anonymity and Identity in a Lesbian Chat Room - S. Elizabeth Bird/Jane Jorgenson: Extending the School Day: Gender, Class, and the Incorporation of Technology in Everyday Life - Marja Vehvilaeinen: Gendered Agency in Information Society: On Located Politics of Technology - Liesbet van Zoonen/Chris Aalberts: Interactive Television in the Everyday Lives of Young Couples.

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The Editors: Mia Consalvo is Assistant Professor in the School of Telecommunications at Ohio University. Her research explores intersections of gender, popular culture, and new media, including the Internet as well as computer and video games. She has published articles in Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Women's Studies in Communication, and Journal of Communication Inquiry. Susanna Paasonen is a researcher at the Department of Media Studies, University of Turku, Finland, where she recently completed her Ph.D. on the popularization and gendering of the Internet and genealogies of popular cyberdiscourse. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of two monographs and the editor of three books on media studies and feminist theory.


This eclectic international collection provides a needed infusion of energy into the study of gender and the Internet. The contributors use a range of theories, approaches, and research sites to collectively demonstrate how much gender matters to Internet users in their everyday lives, and how much it should matter to anyone concerned with social dimensions of the Internet. (Nancy Baym, Department of Communication Studies, University of Kansas) This book is a highly worthwhile collection of essays on women in new media. It avoids much of the problems of earlier work that either celebrated cyber-space as a feminine domain or vilified it as a masculine space of expanded patriarchal culture. 'Women & Everyday Uses of the Internet' is refreshing by comparison in exploring the diversity of women's various practices in cyber-space as well as the differences among the women who are online. This book is warmly recommended to those interested in this important topic. (Mark Poster, Director and Professor of Film Studies, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine)

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