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Making masculinity in plasma physics: machines, labour and experiments
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2011 (English)In: Science Studies, ISSN 0786-3012, Vol. 24, no 1, 47-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to analyse masculinity and experimental practices among plasma physicists. The study is based on ethnographic field work with observations and interviews among experimental plasma physicists in a laboratory in the United States. Through daily practices and hands-on situations, the experimental plasma physicists defined their experimental work as strongly associated with masculinity. Both practices and discourses about working with the experiments were fringed with connotations of a craft, of strength and physical efforts. Together, the practices and discourses were used as marks of identity for the laboratory and for the group of physicists within.

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2011. Vol. 24, no 1, 47-65 p.
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Masculinity, experimental plasma physics, experimental practiice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-48370OAI: diva2:448943
Available from: 2011-10-18 Created: 2011-10-18 Last updated: 2011-12-13Bibliographically approved

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