Latinas cross the IT border: Understanding gender as a boundary object between information worlds

Kathleen Burnett, Manimegalai M Subramaniam, Amelia Gibson

Abstract


How do successful Latina IT professionals construct and reconstruct their conceptions of gender before, during, and after contact with the information world of the IT industry? We conducted semi-structured phone interviews with five Latinas who held senior management positions in IT firms in 2008 to explore their reasons for choosing and persisting in the workforce. Using the theory of information worlds as a framework for analysis of gender as a boundary object, this article reports four trends in the perceptions of these women dealing with the relationship between gender and success in IT.

Keywords


Latinas, Hispanics, information technology workforce, gender, boundary object, information worlds, emergent content analysis.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i9.2581



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