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The Handbook of Gender and Work provides a comprehensive overview and synthesis of the literature and knowledge about gender and work. It equips the reader with a solid understanding of where we stand on gender and work issues and what the next directions for research and assessment will be. Under the skilled leadership of editor Gary N. Powell, an outstanding group of multidisciplinary and international researchers and scholars deliver their summary and analysis of current research and their views on how gender and work intersect along a variety of societal, economic, interpersonal, and organizational paradigms.

The Sex Segregation of Occupations: Prospects for the 21st Century
The sex segregation of occupations: Prospects for the 21st century
Jerry A.Jacobs

Men and women work in different jobs, and often do so in different organizations. The differing distribution of men and women across positions within the occupational structure may be referred to as the “sex segregation” of occupations. The term segregation may be more familiar in the context of residential segregation by race and ethnicity, but there are a number of analogies that may be made between residential segregation and occupational segregation. The same statistical measures are used in both cases, and some of the theoretical explanations of both phenomena resonate.

Sex segregation remains a defining element of the American occupational structure. It is pervasive, although it ...

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