- Subject index
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.
Chapter 3: Gender and the Changing Nature of Work
Gender and the Changing Nature of Work
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 ...