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Still a Man's World Men Who Do Women's Work

ISBN-10: 0520087879
ISBN-13: 9780520087873
Edition: 1995
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Description: Men who do "women's work" have consistently been the butt of jokes, derided for their lack of drive and masculinity. In this eye-opening study, Christine Williams provides a wholly new look at men who work in predominantly female jobs. Having  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/9/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Men who do "women's work" have consistently been the butt of jokes, derided for their lack of drive and masculinity. In this eye-opening study, Christine Williams provides a wholly new look at men who work in predominantly female jobs. Having conducted extensive interviews in four cities, Williams uncovers how men in four occupations--nursing, elementary school teaching, librarianship, and social work--think about themselves and experience their work. Contrary to popular imagery, men in traditionally female occupations do not define themselves differently from men in more traditional occupations. Williams finds that most embrace conventional, masculine values. Her findings about how these men fare in their jobs are also counterintuitive. Rather than being surpassed by the larger number of women around them, these men experience the "glass escalator effect," rising in disproportionate numbers to administrative jobs at the top of their professions. Williams finds that a complex interplay between gendered expectations embedded in organizations, and the socially determined ideas workers bring to their jobs, contribute to mens' advantages in these occupations. Using a feminist psychoanalytic perspective, Williams calls for more men not only to cross over to women's occupations, but also to develop alternative masculinities that find common ground with traditionally female norms of cooperation and caring. Until the workplace is sexually integrated and masculine and feminine norms equally valued, it will unfortunately remain "still a man's world."

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Acknowledgments
Gendered Jobs and Gendered Workers
The Rise and Fall of the "Women's Professions"
An Unconventional Career Choice
Token Men in Training
Riding the Glass Escalator
Masculinity in "Feminine" Occupations
Occupational Segregation and Gender Inequality
Conclusion
Methodological Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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