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Women and Information TechnologyResearch on Underrepresentation$
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Joanne Cohoon and William Aspray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033459

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.001.0001

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Confronting the “Socialization” Barrier: Cross-Ethnic Differences in Undergraduate Women’s Preference for IT Education

Confronting the “Socialization” Barrier: Cross-Ethnic Differences in Undergraduate Women’s Preference for IT Education

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(p.300) (p.301) 10 Confronting the “Socialization” Barrier: Cross-Ethnic Differences in Undergraduate Women’s Preference for IT Education
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Women and Information Technology
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Roli Varma

Amit Prasad

Deepak Kapur

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.003.0010

This chapter analyzes the perceptions of male and female computer science/computer engineering (CS/CE) undergraduate students with regard to gender-related issues. The study is based on in-depth interviews with 150 male and female students belonging to five different ethnic/racial groups. Pierre Bourdieu's concept of “habitus” is used to explain how a set of experiences — in the school and through socialization at home or outside — constitute the “dispositions”of male and females students, which continually reproduce gendered and gendering differences, even though a majority of both male and female students feel that there is no gender difference.

Keywords:   computer science, computer engineering, male students, female students, college students, gender difference, habitus, Pierre Bourdieu, socialization

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