Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations
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Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations

Edited by Keith Townsend, Kenneth Cafferkey, Aoife M. McDermott and Tony Dundon

This Elgar Introduction provides an overview of some of the key theories that inform human resource management and employment relations as a field of study.
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Chapter 16: Feminist theory and employment relations

Anne-marie Greene


This chapter reviews two classic and very influential workplace studies, Anna Pollert’s Girls, Wives, Factory Lives, published in 1981 and Cynthia Cockburn’s Brothers: Male Dominance and Technological Change, published in 1983. These studies are used as exemplars in order to illustrate the contribution of feminist theory and feminist research to the employment relations field, tracing a line from their key philosophical underpinnings, objectives, methods, and findings, to a wide range of developments in contemporary research including the impact agenda.

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