Gender inequality and social change: Segregation in the modern labour market

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This book presents a novel interpretation of the nature, causes and consequences of sex inequality in the modern labour market. Employing a sophisticated new theoretical framework, and drawing on original fieldwork, the book develops a subtle account of the phenomenon of sex segregation and offers a major challenge to existing approaches.In an environment increasingly defined by attempts to converge and consolidate international policy objectives, an in-depth understanding of contemporary forms of inequality is ...

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Overview

This book presents a novel interpretation of the nature, causes and consequences of sex inequality in the modern labour market. Employing a sophisticated new theoretical framework, and drawing on original fieldwork, the book develops a subtle account of the phenomenon of sex segregation and offers a major challenge to existing approaches.In an environment increasingly defined by attempts to converge and consolidate international policy objectives, an in-depth understanding of contemporary forms of inequality is vital to anyone interested in the effective translation of normative accounts of social justice into practical policy. Aimed at academics and advanced students working in social policy, sociology and political science, as well as policy makers, this book makes an important contribution to knowledge and debate in the field.

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Jude Browne has produced an important and exciting study of the sociology of modern Britain. In this meticulously researched and superbly conceived book, Browne examines the experience of sex segregation in the labour market employing original research from a study of the occupational structure of the BBC. Testing and discarding standard theories of gender inequalities, Browne argues convincingly that existing definitions and explanations of occupational sex segregation are inadequate as accounts of our empirical knowledge about enduring gender inequalities. She argues that extant policy and legal frameworks are poor responses to these entrenched inequalities and new ideas to understand core ideas about gender equality and gender justice. This valuable study will be required reading for students and scholars of modern British society and politics. Professor Desmond King, University of Oxford, UK

An exemplary case history of an exemplary institution. Examining the model policies of the BBC for equity and justice amongst its employees, Jude Browne asks if there is something larger than the best intentions and practices which continues to prevent these policies being realised between women and men. When everything is done to implement sex equality why cannot it be achieved? With this brilliant grasp of a varied theoretical framework and unique engagement of empirical material, this book is mandatory reading for all who want to change the future. Professor Juliet Mitchell,University of Cambridge, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861345998
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Browne, Downing College, University of Cambridge

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. Explanations of occupational sex segregation
2. VOSS in the BBC
3. What people say in the BBC
4. The 'herding effect'
5. The seduction of outcomes: concluding remarks

References
Appendix 1: Examples of important reforms to British law relevant to sex equality
Appendix 2: BBC occupational groups by female concentration, sex and pay grade
Appendix 3: BBC pay grades
Index

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