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Figures of Fantasy : Internet, Women and Cyberdiscourse :  Internet, Women, and Cyberdiscourse - Susanna Paasonen

Figures of Fantasy : Internet, Women and Cyberdiscourse

Internet, Women, and Cyberdiscourse

Paperback Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780820476070
Number Of Pages: 302

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Figures of Fantasy explores the popularization of the idea of the Internet as a cyberspace and considers the implications this has for discussions of gender and identity. The book analyzes the standard figures used to conceptualize and explain technology and gender, and traces the ways in which these concepts have served to create the figure of the Internet as a cyberspace - a manner of thinking that has come to dominate Internet research internationally, making visible its historicity, limitations, and implications. Figures of Fantasy offers an innovative theoretical approach to Internet research, and provides a highly original, systematic critique of the canonical works in the field.

Susanna Paasonen has written a very smart book about how figures of cyborgs and cyberspace have been used and misused to advance or obfuscate feminist discourse on technology. Her analyses organize and conceptualize as well as demystify a web of confusion until a discursive map pops into shape. Paasonen is not a weaver of cyberfantasies but rather Ariadne unraveling a thread that guides us through the labyrinth by telling us where we have been. Her critiques bite in a way that is provocative rather than silencing, inviting us to make fresh statements that will guide us where we want to go. (Margaret Morse, Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California Santa Cruz)

Figuring out cyberdiscoursep. 1
Five decades of popular cyberneticsp. 11
Media to dwell in : cyberspace, home pages, and self-representationp. 65
Creating a feminine cyberspace : services for the gendered otherp. 121
Thinking through the cybernetic body : cybernetics and feminismp. 171
Binary code, binary gender ... and things beyondp. 231
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ISBN: 9780820476070
ISBN-10: 0820476072
Series: Digital Formations
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 2005
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43