What Women Want From Work: Gender and Occupational Choice in the 21st Century

Hardcover | October 23, 2007

byR. Woodfield

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Despite improvements, women remain concentrated in particular occupational sectors and roles. Are current patterns a function of external limitations on initial ambitions, or do women simply prefer distinct types of work? There is a wealth of literature relating to gendered occupational segregation, but comparatively little accounting for how work choices are made from the individual's perspective. Including case studies of firefighting and teaching, this book offers a qualitative exploration of girls and women's reported journeys toward their work choices.

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Despite improvements, women remain concentrated in particular occupational sectors and roles. Are current patterns a function of external limitations on initial ambitions, or do women simply prefer distinct types of work? There is a wealth of literature relating to gendered occupational segregation, but comparatively little accounting ...

RUTH WOODFIELD is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of Women, Work and Computing.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 23, 2007Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230549225

ISBN - 13:9780230549227

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Gender and Occupational Segregation - Setting the Scene * Accounting for Occupational Segregation - The Perspective of Girls and Women * Women and Non-Traditional Work: A Case Study of Firefighting * Women and 'Traditional' Work: A Case Study of Teaching * Women and Career Progression: Ambition, Success and Choice * Gender as Vocation: A Sociology of Choice * Conclusion * Index