"Hello Central?" : gender, technology, and culture in the formation of telephone systems (eBook, 1991) [WorldCat.org]
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"Hello Central?" : gender, technology, and culture in the formation of telephone systems

Author: Michèle Martin
Publisher: Montréal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Traces how the first telephone operators co-opted the new technology from the small circle of businessmen it was designed for, by demonstrating its potential market for domestic and personal communication, thus convincing the phone company to change its strategy. Focusing on the Canadian system 1878-1920, Martin (communications, U. of Quebec) shows how women shaped the cultural impact of the telephone. Annotation c.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Martin, Michèle, 1944-
Hello, Central?
Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1991
(DLC) 92247852
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michèle Martin
ISBN: 9780773562868 0773562869
OCLC Number: 243564689
Description: 1 online resource (219 pages) : illustrations
Contents: "Freedom can't be overheard" --
Killing the competition --
The making of the perfect operator --
Voicing the "pulse of the city" --
Bridging the gap between the Victorian and modern ages --
The culture of the telephone.
Other Titles: Gender, technology, and culture in the formation of telephone systems
Responsibility: Michèle Martin.
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In most studies of technological development, women are portrayed as passive victims of new technology. In contrast, in "Hello, Central?" Michele Martin reveals the significant impact women had on  Read more...


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"As revisionist history, Martin's book makes a significant contribution by showing how women workers and early telephone users played an active role in determining the social character of the new Read more...

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