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Cary L. Cooper & Suzan Lewis

In: Handbook of Gender & Work

Chapter 3: Gender and the Changing Nature of Work

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Gender and the Changing Nature of Work
Gender and the changing nature of work
Cary L.Cooper and SuzanLewis

The past half century has seen enormous changes in the nature of society and of the workplace in particular (Cooper, 1998). The 1960s epitomized the limitless possibilities of change. It was an era that embraced new technology, with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson proclaiming that the “white heat of technology” was about to transform our lives, producing a leisure age of 20-hour working weeks. A period of industrial strife, conflict, and retrenchment followed in the 1970s, highlighted by Terkel (1972), who wrote of the daily humiliations in the workplace and argued that merely to survive the working day was a triumph for most of the workforce. Out of the ...

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