Everyday Experiences of Sexism in Male-dominated Professions: A Bourdieusian Perspective

Powell, A. and Sang, K.J.C. (2015) Everyday Experiences of Sexism in Male-dominated Professions: A Bourdieusian Perspective. Sociology, 49 (5). pp. 919-936. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

The under-representation of women in the UK engineering and construction sectors seems resolute. Using a Bourdieusian lens, this article examines the persistence of everyday sexism and gender inequality in male-dominated professions. Bringing together findings from three research projects with engineering and construction industry students and professionals, we find that women experience gendered treatment in everyday interactions with peers. Patterns of(mis)recognition and resistance are complex, with some women expressing views which reproduce and naturalise gender inequality. In contrast, other women recognise and resist such essentialism through a range of actions including gender equity campaigning. Through a Bourdieusian analysis of the everyday, this article calls into question existing policy recommendations that argue women have different skills that can be brought to the sector. Such recommendations reinforce the gendered nature of the engineering and construction sectors’ habitus and fail to recognise how the underlying structures and practices of the sector reproduce gendered working practices. © 2015, © The Author(s) 2015.

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Divisions:College of Social Science
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Deposited On:27 Jan 2020 14:39

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