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

Author: Michèle Martin
Publisher: Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michèle Martin
ISBN: 0773508309 9780773508309
OCLC Number: 28847576
Description: 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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