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Science is about the production, advancement, criticism, and reflection of knowledge. From a gender and diversity perspective, it is necessary to ask whose knowledge is regarded as relevant in science and how this subsequently determines scientific and technological discourses. In addition, science makes statements about people and human capabilities and is thus also involved in the production of knowledge about gender and other social categories. Seemingly stable knowledge about gender characteristics and values can be found in the history of many disciplines. However, this knowledge often proves to be a norm which is produced rather than the actual experience of many.

Questions relating to Analysis

  • What are the key concepts and terms in our research field? Do assumptions concerning gender, race, class, dis/ability, or other social categories underlie these concepts and terms?
  • How can we integrate findings from social science concerning the work or application domain, activities, and social structures in our analysis?
  • How do we include the domain expertise of potential users in our research and development project? What techniques for participatory analysis and design might help us?