'Technical, but not very...': constructing gendered identities in IT-related employment

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90034
Title:
'Technical, but not very...': constructing gendered identities in IT-related employment
Authors:
Guerrier, Yvonne; Evans, Christina; Glover, Judith; Wilson, Cornelia
Abstract:
Changes in the nature of skilled roles in the IT sector were predicted to create new opportunities for women, yet the proportion of women in this sector is falling. This article presents findings from interviews with senior managers in organisations that are attempting to change this situation. There was little evidence from these respondents of a radical reappraisal of the cultural assumptions about jobs, and considerable evidence that gendered identities at work were being constructed in traditional ways drawing on women's perceived 'soft skills'. 'Hybrid' roles combining technical and traditionally female skills were seen as the way forward. These were presented as a new way for women to work in a male dominated environment without compromising their gendered identity. The article confirms and develops, in an IT context, the challenges inherent in changing gendered occupational roles and we conclude that traditional expectations and contexts persist.
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Work Employment and Society
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017009337072
DOI:
10.1177/0950017009337072
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0950-0170
Appears in Collections:
Roehampton Business School Collection

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGuerrier, Yvonneen
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Christinaen
dc.contributor.authorGlover, Judithen
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Corneliaen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-19T16:15:48Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-19T16:15:48Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.issn0950-0170-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0950017009337072-
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017009337072-
dc.description.abstractChanges in the nature of skilled roles in the IT sector were predicted to create new opportunities for women, yet the proportion of women in this sector is falling. This article presents findings from interviews with senior managers in organisations that are attempting to change this situation. There was little evidence from these respondents of a radical reappraisal of the cultural assumptions about jobs, and considerable evidence that gendered identities at work were being constructed in traditional ways drawing on women's perceived 'soft skills'. 'Hybrid' roles combining technical and traditionally female skills were seen as the way forward. These were presented as a new way for women to work in a male dominated environment without compromising their gendered identity. The article confirms and develops, in an IT context, the challenges inherent in changing gendered occupational roles and we conclude that traditional expectations and contexts persist.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.subjectgendered identitiesen
dc.subjectwomen's employmenten
dc.subjectgendered rolesen
dc.subject'hybrid' rolesen
dc.subjectIT sectoren
dc.title'Technical, but not very...': constructing gendered identities in IT-related employmenten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalWork Employment and Societyen
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