Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace

Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace


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A feminist revolution in the sociological study of work and organizations has transformed our understanding of gender and sexuality in the workplace. Workers do not simply bring gender and sexuality into otherwise neutral bureaucratic institutions. Assumptions about masculinity, femininity, and sexuality are built into the policies, practices, and ideologies of work organizations resulting in workers' differential access to power. This volume sets out to explore how gender and sexuality, as intersecting systems of inequality, shape the experiences of workers in a range of workplace settings. The contributing authors use in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation to uncover worlds of work among professional chefs, army recruits, entertainers in theme park parades, African-American men nurses, restaurant servers, women in Japanese corporations, and surrogate mothers in India. Others rely on survey research and content analysis to explore small business owners and the wage gap, the dynamics of worker job satisfaction, organizational policies on gender expression at work in Fortune 500 companies, and the history of legal cases linked to appearance discrimination. The book is organized around various themes including intersectionality, gender stereotypes at work, law and policy, heteronormativity, and the transnational workplace. Using cutting edge theory and diverse methodological approaches, the volume highlights the complex ways that gender and sexuality are constructed, perpetuated, and sometimes resisted in the workplace. Taken together, these chapters provide valuable insights into how gender and sexuality are built into the fabric of work, and what changes are needed to achieve greater equality and fairness in the workplace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848553705
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date: 09/09/2010
Series: Research in the Sociology of Work , #20
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Introduction Christine L. Williams Kirsten Dellinger 1

Caring, Curing, and the Community: Black Masculinity in a Feminized Profession Adia Harvey Wingfield 15

Job Satisfaction: Impact of Gender, Race, Worker Qualifications, and Work Context Dina Banerjee Carolyn C. Perrucci 39

"Not One of the Guys": Women Chefs Redefining Gender in the Culinary Industry Deborah A. Harris Patti A. Giuffre 59

Women in Power and Gender Wage Inequality: The Case of Small Businesses Andrew M. Penner Harold J. Toro-Tulla 83

Navigating the Boundaries: Army Women in Training Stacie R. Furia 107

Gendered Appearance Norms: An Analysis of Employment Discrimination Lawsuits, 1970-2008 Mary Nell Trautner Samantha Kwan 127

Gender Variance in the Fortune 500: The Inclusion of Gender Identity and Expression in Nondiscrimination Corporate Policy Christin L. Munsch C. Elizabeth Hirsh 151

Talk, Touch, and Intolerance: Sexual Harassment in an Overtly Sexualized Work Culture Karla A. Erickson 179

Sexual Harassment and Gendered Organizational Culture in Japanese Firms Kumiko Nemoto 203

Fierce Bitches on Tranny Lane: Gender, Sexuality, Culture, and the Closet in Theme Park Parades David Orzechowicz 227

Making India the "Mother Destination": Outsourcing Labor to Indian Surrogates Sharmila Rudrappa 253

About the Authors 287

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