Getting In, Getting On, Getting Out
- Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden
Chapter 4: Gender scripts as access codes to management positions
In Western societies gender is usually specified along two categories, ‘men’ and ‘women’, each associated with different sets of capabilities and aptitudes, and consequently with different fields of responsibility. This serves to perpetuate a dualistic ordering structure of our society in which a range of occupations and positions have come to be male or female dominated (see Lorber and Farell, 1991). Querying the assumption that identities are biologically determined, some academics have elaborated fresh approaches to the concept of gender, in particular sex categorization and gender roles. Undermining the older, strictly biological approach, the perspective of gender as a social construction has gained in prominence and has been applied to various areas of research. Nevertheless, in daily life as well as in organizational practice, we can still find evidence of the strength and persistence of the dualistic gender concept based on a strict and exclusive division into the categories male/female.
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