Publications in Scientific Journals:

E. Balka, I. Wagner:
"A Historical View of Studies of Women´s Work";
Computer Supported Cooperative Work-The Journal Of Collaborative Computing And Work Practices, 10.1007/s10606-020-09387-9 (2020).

English abstract:
This paper places observational studies of women´s work in historical perspective. We
present some of the very early studies (carried out in the period from 1900 to 1930), as well as several
examples of fieldwork-based studies of women´s work, undertaken from different perspectives and in
varied locations between the 1960s and the mid 1990s. We outline and discuss several areas of thought
which have influenced studies of women´s work - the automation debate; the focus on the skills women
need in their work; labour market segregation; women´s health; and technology and the redesign of
work - and the research methods they used. Our main motivation in this paper is threefold: to
demonstrate how fieldwork based studies which have focussed on women´s work have attempted to
locate women´s work in a larger context that addresses its visibility and value; to provide a thematic
historiography of studies of women´s work, thereby also demonstrating the value of an historical
perspective, and a means through which to link it to contemporary themes; and to increase awareness
of varied methodological perspectives on how to study work.

Women, Work, Field studies, History, Skill, Technology, Health, Feminism, Gender

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