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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Our bodies, ourselves, our sound producing circuits: feminist musicology, access, and electronic instrument design practices.
by Stamper, Chloe A., M.F.A., Mills College, 2015, 119; 1589515
Abstract (Summary)

Technological shifts in recent decades have allowed individuals working in electronic instrument design access to resources and information regardless of their affiliations with academia or other institutions. Women have historically had limited involvement in electronic instrument design due to a number of social factors; a few elements are crucial to supporting the endeavors of women and girls interested in contemporary electronic instrument design, including deinstitutionalized access to resources and information, supportive mentorship and the availability of role models, and the acknowledgement and deconstruction of social factors that hinder the progress of women in the field of music technology. The intent of this research is to explore the social forces that serve to limit the involvement and achievement of women in the field of electronic instrument design by examining the practices of individual women involved in this discipline alongside sociological and psychological research on the implications of social constructions of gender, technology, creativity, and intelligence. My hope is that this research will serve to further discourse and open a dialogue on the necessity of dismantling and examining social constructions of gender and technology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fei, James, Parkins, Zeena
Commitee: Bernstein, David, Donahue, David
School: Mills College
Department: Music - Electronic Music and Recording Media
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Social psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Cyberfeminism, Electronic music, Feminist musicology, Gender, Instrument design, Technology
Publication Number: 1589515
ISBN: 978-1-321-77185-5
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