Segregated Occupations and Gender Stereotyping: A Study of Secretarial Work in Europe.

Truss, Catherine and Goffee, Robert and Jones, Gareth J.F. (1995) Segregated Occupations and Gender Stereotyping: A Study of Secretarial Work in Europe. Human Relations, 48 (11). pp. 1331-1354. ISSN 0018 7267. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Much has been written about the "gendered" nature of many occupations, especially to explain how they have developed and maintained their female-dominated identity. This article reports the findings of one study of women working as secretaries in England, France, and Germany, in an attempt to assess the validity of this explanation. Data were collected by questionnaire and interview from secretaries, and by interview from their bosses. It was found that secretarial work in all three countries does conform to some of the gender stereotypes, but that organizational and societal factors impinge on the social construction of secretarial work. Some consideration is given to the role of the secretary as agent, acting to shape her work identity, which has hitherto been ignored in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: J. Ziya
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 14:35
Last Modified: 27 May 2014 13:45
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25695 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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