Capital Culture: Gender at Work in the City by Linda McDowell

By Linda McDowell

The altering nature of waged paintings in modern complex business international locations is likely one of the most important points of political and monetary debate. it's also the topic of severe debate between observers of gender. Capital tradition explores those alterations focusing really at the gender family among the lads and ladies who paintings within the monetary providers area. The a number of ways that masculinities and femininities are developed is printed in the course of the research of interviews with purchasers, investors, analysts and company financiers.

Drawing on a number disciplinary ways, many of the ways that gender segregation is validated and maintained is explored. In interesting element, the standard stories of guys and girls operating in a number jobs and in several areas, from the dealing rooms to the boardrooms, are tested. This quantity is exclusive in targeting males in addition to girls, displaying that for males too there are a number of methods of doing gender at work.Content:
Chapter 1 pondering via paintings: Gender, strength and area (pages 9–42):
Chapter 2 urban Work/Places: The previous and New urban (pages 43–68):
Chapter three Gendered paintings styles (pages 69–82):
Chapter four Gendered profession Paths (pages 83–116):
Chapter five The tradition of Banking: Reproducing classification and Gender Divisions (pages 117–134):
Chapter 6 Engendered Cultures: The Impossibility of Being a guy (pages 135–157):
Chapter 7 physique paintings 1: males Behaving Badly (pages 158–180):
Chapter eight physique paintings 2: The Masqueraders (pages 181–203):
Chapter nine end: Rethinking World/Places (pages 204–212):

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As we see later, women’s representation on the boards of merchant banks is remarkable only for their almost complete absence. EXPLAINING ORGANISATIONAL AND WORKPLACE CHANGE In the next part of this chapter, I want to shift from an empirical to a theoretical focus and examine the sets of theoretical literatures about work, organisational change and culture and gender divisions of labour that influenced this study of gendered patterns of recruitment, promotion and social interaction in the world of investment or merchant banking.

Thus, women are literally out of place at work for, as many commentators have pointed out - some approvingly, others critically - woman is to nature as man is to culture. Women, like nature, are viewed as fecund and unreliable, part of the natural order of things, the body rather than the mind, and so unfit for the cool rationality of the public arena. This gendered distinction is not, however, unambiguous, as the widespread notion of women’s ‘civilisinginfluence’ (she who soothes the savage breast) makes clear.

5 million fewer men in waged employment than at the beginning of the 1960s and almost 3 million more women, although as women were more likely to work part-time, the total number of hours worked had fallen (McDowell, 199 1; Walby, 1988). These figures reflect a transformation in the labour market behaviour of women in Great Britain in the post-war era. In response to employment restructuring and to social changes from reliable contraception to new patterns of consumption (McDowell, 1989), more and more women entered the workforce.

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