What Women Want From Work [NOOK Book]

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Despite improvements in opportunities, women remain concentrated in particular occupational sectors and roles. What underlies this situation? Do women simply prefer distinct types of work? Or are current patterns more a function of external limitations on initial ambitions? Although there is a wealth of literature relating to gendered occupational segregation, there is comparatively little seeking to account for how work choices are made from the individual's perspective. Ruth Woodfield offers a detailed, ...
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What Women Want From Work

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Overview

Despite improvements in opportunities, women remain concentrated in particular occupational sectors and roles. What underlies this situation? Do women simply prefer distinct types of work? Or are current patterns more a function of external limitations on initial ambitions? Although there is a wealth of literature relating to gendered occupational segregation, there is comparatively little seeking to account for how work choices are made from the individual's perspective. Ruth Woodfield offers a detailed, qualitative exploration of over one hundred and eighty girls' and women's accounts of their journeys towards work choices. She examines narratives of work decisions and experiences through the lens of commentary on two neglected case study occupations - fire fighting and teaching - and explores the impact of the media, parents, and teachers, as well as discourses of masculinity and femininity, individualism and collectivism, free will and constraint, on the development of these individual perspectives.

About the Author:
Ruth Woodfield is Reader in Sociology at the University of Sussex, UK

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RUTH WOODFIELD is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of Women, Work and Computing.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     viii
What Women Want from Work - An Introduction     1
Gender and Occupational Segregation - Setting the Scene     5
Accounting for Occupational Segregation - The Perspective of Girls and Women     50
Women and Non-Traditional Work: A Case Study of Firefighting     85
Women and 'Traditional' Work: A Case Study of Teaching     131
Women and Career Progression: Ambition, Success and Choice     175
Gender as Vocation: A Sociology of Occupational Choice     197
Concluding Comment     227
Notes     230
Bibliography     232
Index     243
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