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Future gender relations in global restructuring processes case study evidence from knowledge-intensive, manufacturing and service occupations

Linda Nierling

Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, 2008, vol. 4, issue 4, 107-128

Abstract: Global restructuring processes have not only strong implications for European working and living realities, but also have specific outcomes with regard to gender relations. The following contribution analyses in which way global restructuring shapes current gender relations in order to identify important trends and developments for future gender (in)equalities at the workplace. On the basis of a large qualitative study on global restructuring and impacts on different occupational groups it argues that occupational belonging in line with skill and qualification levels are crucial factors to assess the further development of gender relations at work. Whereas global restructuring in knowledge-based occupations may provide new opportunities for female employees, current restructuring is going to deteriorate female labour participation in service occupations. In contrast, manufacturing occupations can be characterised by persistent gender relations, which do not change in spite of major restructuring processes at the work place. Taking the institutional perspective into account, it seems to be crucial to integrate the occupational perspective in order to apply adequate policy regulations to prevent the reinforcement of gender related working patterns in the near future.

Keywords: Global restructuring; gender; work organisation; occupational restructuring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B54 E24 F23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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