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    Crafting Code: Gender, Coding and Spatial Hybridity in the Events of PyLadies Dublin. The Programmable City Working Paper 19


    Maalsen, Sophia and Perng, Sung-Yueh (2016) Crafting Code: Gender, Coding and Spatial Hybridity in the Events of PyLadies Dublin. The Programmable City Working Paper 19. Working Paper. SSRN.

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    Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2797168


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    Abstract

    In this paper we look at the integration of the digital and the resurgent interest in crafting artefacts. We do this by focusing on the work, relationships and spaces occupied by Pyladies Dublin - a coding group intended for women to learn and 'craft' code in the programming language of Python. Pyladies offers an interesting and fruitful case study as it intersects gender, relations of making and places of making, nested firmly within the digital world. The relations of making within the Pyladies group provides salient insight into the production of code, gender and space. Pyladies is predominantly attended by women with the focus to encourage women to become more active members and leaders of the Python community. By producing code in a friendly space, the group also actively works towards producing coding subjectivities and hybrid, mobile spatiality, seeking to produce coding and technology culture that is diverse and gender equitable. We base our ethnographic study to suggest ways in which Pyladies Dublin is consistently engaging in crafting code and crafting coding subjectivity and spatiality.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: To appear in S. Luckman and N. Thomas (eds) Craft Economies: Cultural Economies of the Handmade, Bloomsbury. The research for this paper was conducted under the Programmable City project, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator award (ERC-2012-AdG-323636- SOFTCITY). We are grateful for the participants of PyLadies Dublin and Coding Grace for their encouragement and generosity along our research journey. Suggested citation: Maalsen, Sophia and Perng, Sung-Yueh, Crafting Code: Gender, Coding and Spatial Hybridity in the Events of Pyladies Dublin (May 24, 2016). The Programmable City Working Paper 19, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2797168 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2797168
    Keywords: gender; coding; subjectivity; spatiality; programming; software; technology; smart city; smart citizen; MUSSI; NIRSA;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 9361
    Depositing User: Sung-Yueh Perng
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 16:33
    Publisher: SSRN
    Funders: European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award
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