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Gendered Work Ideals in Swedish IT Firms: Valued and Not Valued Workers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2007 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, Vol. 14, no 4, 333-348 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The analysis in this article draws on interviews with managers and employees in the Swedish IT consultant sector, a sector characterized by widespread redundancies in the first three years of the 21st century. The article suggests that the interviewees' distinction between and assessment of workers of value and workers without value to justify and explain these lay-offs, are permeated by stereotyped images of gendered qualities and reflect a gendered work ideal. As the interviewees argued, not everybody had the necessary and valued competence of an ideal consultant and those who failed to fulfil the requirements of an ideal consultant were subsequently laid off. Since the behaviour, qualities, technical skills and knowledge considered necessary for the effective and competent performance of an ideal IT consultant are associated with hegemonic masculinity, male qualities and men's experiences, these arguments justify the exclusion of women from this occupation.

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2007. Vol. 14, no 4, 333-348 p.
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Work ideal, IT consulting, lay-offs, feminization, masculinism
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-38861DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00347.xISI: 000247129000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-38861DiVA: diva2:66760
Available from: 2007-07-10 Created: 2007-07-10 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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