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Att synliggöra det osynliga: Design som aktör i jämställdhetsarbete
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Center for Social Analysis (CESAM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3720-693X
Halmstad University, School of Information Science, Computer and Electrical Engineering (IDE), Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS).
Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Stockholm, Sverige.
2014 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, Vol. 35, no 1, 28-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research points to the need for developing methods for to change established gender orders and converting gender perspectives into practical action. Based on a gender equality project at the Centre for Health Technology Halland (HCH), this article discusses the potential of critical design as an agent within the framework of gender equality work and work for change. The project worked with critical design as a tool for making visible what a gender perspective can mean in the context of one’s work, in this case health technology. It resulted in a conceptual prototype called the Androchair – a medical chair designed for men but based on women’s experiences of the gynaecological chair. The aim of the article is to study and discuss the significance of including a prototype, that is an object, in the gender equality work of an organisation. Special focus is placed on whether, and in that case how, a prototype can influence notions of gender and gender equality in relation to one’s own area of work. The empirical data consists of qualitative interviews with staff at the HCH. Actor-network theory is used to interpret the data. The analysis shows how the Androchair raises questions of power, needs and interpretative prerogative in relation to what one does in one’s work. Furthermore, it does this to a greater extent than more conventional ways of conveying knowledge about gender equality (such as academic texts, statistics and Power Point presentations). Physical objects are perceived of as making gender and gender equality issues more tangible.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2014. Vol. 35, no 1, 28-47 p.
Keyword [en]
gender equality work, critical design, prototype, the Androchair, inscription
Keyword [sv]
jämställdhetsarbete, kritisk design, prototyp, Androstolen, inskription
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-26167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-26167DiVA: diva2:734678
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Vinnova
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Title in English: Visualising the Invisible: Design as agent in gender equality work

Available from: 2014-07-20 Created: 2014-07-20 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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