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A Precarious GameThe Illusion of Dream Jobs in the Video Game Industry$
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Ergin Bulut

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746529

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746529.001.0001

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Reproducing Technomasculinity

Reproducing Technomasculinity

Spouses’ Classed Femininities and Domestic Labor

(p.105) 5 Reproducing Technomasculinity
A Precarious Game

Ergin Bulut

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses the domestic dimensions of the unequal ludopolitical regime. Keeping the discussion on social reproduction alive, it asks: What kind of classed femininities are at work in the domestic space, as far as the reproduction of techno-masculinity at Studio Desire is concerned? Drawing on interviews with game developers' partners, the chapter reveals the dialectical relationship between Studio Desire's techno-masculine work culture and the domestic labor behind it. The taxing emotional toxicity at work is rendered tolerable thanks to the mobilization of women's emotional capacities at home. The chapter's distinct focus lies in its framing of women not simply as providers of domestic work but also as active agents who politically critique industry practices. Overall, it provides a response to techno-utopian claims about how digital technologies would terminate social inequalities within the domestic space, pointing to continuities in terms of love's exploitative dimensions.

Keywords:   ludopolitical regime, classed femininities, techno-masculinity, Studio Desire, game developers, domestic labor, domestic work, social inequalities

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