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Gendered Work

Sexuality, Family and the Labour Market

By (author) Lisa Adkins
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Nov 1994
Dimensions: h 230mm
Weight: 260g
ISBN-10: 0335192963
ISBN-13: 9780335192960
Barcode No: 9780335192960
This text aims to contribute to current debates on the labour market via an exploration of the significance of sexual and family relations in structuring employment. Through detailed studies of conditions of work in the British tourist industry, it shows how men and women are constituted as different kinds of "workers" in the labour market, not only when segregated in different occupations but also even when they are nominally located in the same jobs. This differentiation is shown to be connected to two key processes: the sexualization of women workers which locates women as sexual, as well as economic, workers; and the operation of family work relations within the sphere of employment, when women work as wives rather than waged labourers in the context of the contemporary labour market. These two processes are then drawn together to show the ways in which labour-market production is gendered.

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"This book makes a considerable contribution to an understanding of gender within the labour market." - Institute of Health Education "...a welcome addition to a growing body of literature on the gendering and sexualising of work, labour markets and organizations and is likely to be valuable to those wishing to follow key developments in feminist theorisations of the labour market." - Sociology " especially provocative reminder that gendering of jobs is potentially an active, replicable process which could happen at management levels or be processes that managers collude in as they create other jobs." - Management Learning "...represents a significant contribution to the literature on gender and the labour market." - Canadian Review of Sociology & Anthropology