Women and Men at Work / Edition 2

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In this comprehensive overview of a growing domain of research, Reskin and Padavic examine how gender has shaped the meaning and performance of work. Patterns of sex inequality and segregation as well as the gendered nature of contemporary workplace cultures are demonstrated. The authors provide an especially useful - and critical - summary of economic theories of gender differences in workplace rewards, such as earnings and authority, as well as an insightful discussion of the interpretation of family and work life. A prestigious and successful book in the Sociology For a New Century series, this second edition addresses issues regarding women and men at work from a comparative, historical, global perspective, and in doing so, connects social science to the wider concerns of students seeking to make sense of our dramatically changing world. Features/Benefits Examines how gender has shaped the meaning and performance of work. Throughout, the book links theory and evidence-statistics that summarize work outcomes for women and men, research about the effects of workers' sex on their jobs, and accounts of the experiences of real workers. Demonstrates the patterns of sex inequality and segregation as well as the gendered nature of contemporary workplace cultures. By putting evidence about the experiences of today's workers in historical perspective, the author's also highlight continuities with the past and illuminate change. Provides an extremely useful - and critical - summary of economic theories of gender differences in workplace rewards. Cartoons are scattered throughout the book to enhance the presentations with timely, humorous critiques.

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Editorial Reviews

Examining the impact of gender on the experiences of men and women in the workplace, and considering the impact of economic matters on the relative status and well-being of men and women, this book provides a brief introduction to the intersection of two systems of inequality. The book describes gendered work, details its history, and considers its causes and consequences. Maps, graphs, charts, and cartoons offer visual representations of the findings. Padavic teaches at Florida State university. Reskin teaches sociology at Harvard University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761987109
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/9/2002
  • Series: Sociology for a New Century Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 438,455
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Padavic is an Associate Professor at Florida State University. Before becoming a professor, she worked in a variety of service-sector jobs: candy seller at a movie theater, waitperson, telephone solicitor, door-to-door promoter of real estate, paralegal, and marketing researcher. Her dissertation project provided experience in the industrial sector, where she worked as a coal-handler in a power plant. Her research has been in the areas of gender and work, race differences in campus peer culture, economic restructuring, and changes in childcare arrangements.

Barbara Reskin is a Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and, when this book went to press, President of the American Sociological Association. As a student, she supported herself in a series of female-dominated clerical jobs in such disparate settings as radio and TV stations, trucking firms, temp agencies, insurance companies, and universities. The fact that most jobs for women were boring, low-paid and deadend encouraged her to get a PhD. Her research examines how workers’ sex, race, and ethnicity affect their work opportunities. She is especially interested in strategies that minimize discrimination, the focus of her most recent book, The Realities of Affirmative Action.

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Table of Contents

Work and Gender
What Work Is
Sex and Gender
Gendered Work
Gendered Work in Time and Place
The Sexual Division of Labor in Preindustrial Europe
The Industrial Revolution
The Sexual Divison of Paid and Unpaid Work
The Sexual Division of Labor Around the World
An Overview of Sex Inequality at Work
Sex Inequality in the Contemporary American Workplace
Explanations for Sex Inequality in the Workplace
Sex Segregation in the Workplace
Consequenses of Sex Segregation
A History of Sex Segregation in the United States
Trends in Sex Segregation
Explanations and Remedies for Sex Segregation
Moving Up and Taking Charge
Women, Men, and Promotions
Women, Men, and Authority
Explanations and Remedies for the Promotion Authority Gaps
Sex Differences in Earnings
The Cost of Being Female
Explaning the Pay Gap
Employers' Discriminatory Actions
Paid Work and Family Work
The Decline of the Stay-at-Home Wife and Mother
Work-Family Conflict
The Sexual Division of Labor and Work-Family Conflict
Responses to Work-Family Conflicts
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