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Research tells us of the problems women face when they cross over into male-dominated professions: discrimination, harassment, glass ceilings, exclusion from informal networks. We also know much about female-dominated professions, where pay and prestige are lower than corresponding male professions. What happens to men doing “women's” jobs? Doing “Women's Work” represents the first effort to summarize our state of knowledge about the effects of men in “women's professions,” on the men and their views of masculinity, on the occupations, and on the women with whom they work. Do men get preferential treatment in these positions? Higher salaries? Are they treated the same as their female coworkers? Through a series of statistical and demographic analyses as well as qualitative case studies of men in such professions as teaching, secretarial work, caregiving, and stripping, the authors offer an insightful glimpse of the roles of these men in bolstering or undermining the gendered assumptions of occupational sex segregation in the workplace. A fascinating yet scholarly study, Doing “Women's Work” will be invaluable reading for students, researchers, and professionals interested in gender studies, work and occupations, human resources, sociology, management, human services, family studies, psychology, and education. “The studies lead to a more complex and sophisticated view of occupational segregation…. The chapters in Christine Williams' book are logically arranged, and all are of reasonably good quality.” – Contemporary Sociology “The focus on pursuing questions is illustrated most capably by this collection of research on occupational segregation…. The book is an excellent collection of essays for those interested in work and gender issues, providing both a rich theoretical background and case studies of men in nontraditional occupations.” – Masculinities

Across the Great Divide: The Entry of Men into “Women's Jobs”
Across the great divide: The entry of men into “women's jobs”
HARRIETBRADLEY

Feminist scholarship has taken the concept of the sexual division of labor to be a central category in the understanding of gender relations and of power disparities between women and men. A now weighty body of research, carried out by sociologists, historians, and anthropologists, has uncovered the processes by which social tasks become sex-typed (assigned as work suitable either for men or for women) and the ways in which sex-typing and the segregation of women and men in employment are maintained. These studies have revealed not only how variable and diverse the sexual division of labor has been between different societies, cultures, and epochs, ...

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