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Roehampton University Research Repository > Business School > Roehampton Business School Collection > 'Technical, but not very...': constructing gendered identities in IT-related employment

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Title: 'Technical, but not very...': constructing gendered identities in IT-related employment
Authors: Guerrier, Yvonne
Evans, Christina
Glover, Judith
Wilson, Cornelia
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Work Employment and Society
Issue Date: 2009
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017009337072
DOI: 10.1177/0950017009337072
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.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: gendered identities
women's employment
gendered roles
'hybrid' roles
IT sector
ISSN: 0950-0170
Appears in Collections: Roehampton Business School Collection

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