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Masculinities and experimental practices in physics.: The view from three case studies.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
(English)In: Physical Review, ISSN 1554-9178Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This article analyses masculinity and experimental practices within three different physics communities. This work is premised on the understanding that the discipline of physics is not only dominated by men, but also is laden with masculine connotations on a symbolical level, and that this limited and limiting construction of physics has made it difficult for many women to find a place in the discipline. Consequently, we argue that in order to further the understanding of gender dynamics within physics communities and enrich the current understandings about the lack of women in physics, perspectives from masculinity studies are crucial. The article draws on three different ethnographic case studies dealing with undergraduate students, graduate students, and research scientists respectively.

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Physics, ethnography, masculinity
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Natural Sciences
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Ethnology; genusvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111660OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-111660DiVA: diva2:872624
Available from: 2015-11-19 Created: 2015-11-19 Last updated: 2015-11-19

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