Ny organisation, ny teknik - nya genusrelationer?: En studie av omförhandling av genuskontrakt på två industriarbetsplatser
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)
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
Gender contract, sex-typing, industrial work, re-negotiation, break experiment, work rotation, equality policy, new technology, male supremacy, female subordination
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35317Local ID: 26290ISBN: 91-7871-726-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-35317DiVA: diva2:256165
1996-05-31, Eklundska salen, Hus I, Universitetsområdet Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)