5. Meritocracy and Feminization in Conflict

  1. Thomas J. Misa
  1. Marie Hicks

Published Online: 5 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470619926.ch5

Gender Codes

Gender Codes

How to Cite

Hicks, M. (2010) Meritocracy and Feminization in Conflict, in Gender Codes (ed T. J. Misa), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470619926.ch5

Editor Information

  1. University of Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470597194

Online ISBN: 9780470619926



  • meritocracy and feminization in conflict - computerization in the British Government;
  • issue of women's underrepresentation in jobs - and new digital information technology proliferation;
  • programming, a management tool - involving aptitude testing for programming jobs, unreliable measure of recruits' future success


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Gender and Historical Analysis

  • The British Example

  • From Preelectronic to Electronic Computing

  • Electronic Computing Work Gets an Upgrade

  • Programming as a Management Tool

  • Shifting Ideals in a Crisis-Driven State

  • Individual Opportunities … Institutional Crisis

  • Revival of the Management Computer Men

  • The Public Face of Government Meritocracy

  • Conclusion

  • References