Soldiers and secretaries: Gendered boundary work in the Swedish Armed Forces
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, Vol. 26, no 2, 166-175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
What happens when intersecting relations of gender and occupation are challenged by organizational change? In the present article, I explore this question based on a case study in the Swedish Armed Forces; an organization that is currently in a state of substantial transformation. Instead of defending the nations borders against armed attack, the purpose is now to participate in peacekeeping operations worldwide. When informants construct the "New Armed Forces", they envision changed patterns of both gender and occupation. I show how gender and occupation intersect in informants use of metaphors and images, analyse constructions of gendered occupational boundaries and problematize their visions for the future. I also add new dimensions to existing research by gendering the theory of boundary work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2010. Vol. 26, no 2, 166-175 p.
Boundary work; Gender relations; Occupational demarcations; Organizational boundaries; Armed Forces; Military profession; Civilian employees
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-58357DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2009.12.004ISI: 000278721100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-58357DiVA: diva2:343337
Original Publication: Alma Persson , Soldiers and secretaries: Gendered boundary work in the Swedish Armed Forces, 2010, Scandinavian Journal of Management, (26), 2, 166-175. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2009.12.004 Copyright: Elsevier http://www.elsevier.com/2010-08-132010-08-112013-04-10