Whiteness in Engineering: Tracing Technology, Masculinity, and Race in Nepal’s Development
2021, pp. xxiv+232
Publishing date: November 2021
This book should be required reading in all engineering colleges of South Asia.
— Dipak Gyawali
Based on the strong impressions formed during his training as an engineer in the Netherlands and subsequent entry into the world of technology research in South Asia, Whiteness in Engineering retraces Janwillem Liebrand’s intellectual journey that revealed to him the connections between technology, masculinity and race in Nepal’s history of planned development. He constructs five dioramas to present different viewpoints on everyday engineering practices in the field of irrigation and water resources development. Together these dioramas permit readers to discern for themselves why it is that engineering has failed to fight for social and intellectual transformation and also why expert-led technology promotion in achieving global sustainability goals has come to reinforce—rather than challenge—the dynamics of gender discrimination, social exclusion, and male hegemony in society.