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L. Susan Williams & Wayne J. Villemez

In: Doing “Women's Work”: Men in Nontraditional Occupations

Chapter 5: Seekers and Finders: Male Entry and Exit in Female-Dominated Jobs

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Seekers and Finders: Male Entry and Exit in Female-Dominated Jobs
Seekers and finders: Male entry and exit in female-dominated jobs
L.SusanWilliamsWayneJ.Villemez

After a decade of investigating women's entry into nontraditional occupations (for example, see Morrison, White, Van Velsor, & The Center for Creative Leadership, 1987; Reskin & Roos, 1990; Stromberg & Harkess, 1988), sociologists have turned increasingly to the study of men as gendered workers and of ways in which gender bias is perpetuated in female occupations. While recent studies have offered insight into the phenomenon of men in nontraditional occupations through case studies (Hall, 1993; Leidner, 1991; Williams, 1989, 1992), little has been done to gain systematic knowledge about male entry and exit patterns in female-dominated occupations.

This study profiles men in female-dominated occupations and traces the ...

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