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Ny organisation, ny teknik - nya genusrelationer?: En studie av omförhandling av genuskontrakt på två industriarbetsplatser
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
1996 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
New organization, new technology - new gender relations? : Re-Negotiating the Gender Contract at Two Industrial Work-Places (English)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden extensive policies for gender equality have emerged over the last ten years. This PhD dissertation analyzes re-negotiated gender relations in two Swedish industrial settings, an electronics firm and an engineering firm. Both firms have introduced new organizational goals, including sex-integrated workgroups and complete work rotation together with the introduction of new and advanced technologies. In the electronics firm, a traditional female-dominated one, men entered the work of circuit card assembly. In the engineering firm, a traditional male-dominated one, women entered the work of hydraulic pump manufacturing.

In this study the re-negotiation of traditional gender relations, analyzed as gender contracts, resulted in the segregation of the sexes and male supremacy. Women who entered the male-dominated work area were not allowed to take part in the most technical, advanced and best-paid work. They eventually came to perform service-oriented tasks in ancilliary areas of production, or were transferred to other departments. But men who entered the female-dominated work soon came to dominate: they not only received technical training, while the women did not get any technical training at all, but also higher salaries. The segregation of the sexes and the emergence of a male norm developed in both cases, in spite of the firms' organizational goals. The analysis of gender contracts in this study shows how the processes of re-negotiation came about and why the results differed from those that were intended.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 1996. , 322 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 143
Keyword [en]
Gender contract, sex-typing, industrial work, re-negotiation, break experiment, work rotation, equality policy, new technology, male supremacy, female subordination
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35317Local ID: 26290ISBN: 91-7871-726-4OAI: diva2:256165
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1996-05-31, Eklundska salen, Hus I, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2012-06-08Bibliographically approved

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