‘Don’t use “the weak word”’: Women brewers, identities and gendered territories of embodied work

Rydzik, Agnieszka and Ellis-Vowles, Victoria (2018) ‘Don’t use “the weak word”’: Women brewers, identities and gendered territories of embodied work. Work, Employment and Society . ISSN 0950-0170

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Abstract

Focusing on an unresearched group of women brewers, and drawing conceptually on embodiment and identity work, this article explores worker corporealities within the gendered landscape of microbreweries and deepens understanding of the body/work/gender nexus in the context of brewer’s work. In doing so, it challenges the marginalisation of female worker bodies in scholarly work on male-dominated occupations. Drawing on interview and observation data collected in the UK in 2015, verbal narratives of women brewers’ experiences of their working lives are utilised to provide insights into how their gendered bodily practices constitute resources for constructing a distinctive ‘brewster’ identity. Women brewers engage in identity work, on both individual and collective levels, through the material and symbolic framing of their embodied and gendered working selves; navigating their physical working environments; downplaying gender to emphasise physical competence; and foregrounding gender in relation to non-physical aspects to accentuate difference and collective contribution.

Keywords:brewers, embodiment, Identity work, Body/work nexus, Gender, Women, Microbrewing, Male-dominated
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:32537
Deposited On:29 Jun 2018 09:50

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