Going against the historical grain: Perspectives on gendered occupational identity and resistance to the breakdown of occupational segregation in two manufacturing firms

Anne Marie Greene, Peter Ackers, John Black

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This article discusses a process of restructuring of working practices within two manufacturing firms with respect to its implications for gendered occupational segregation. A contextualized, historically situated analysis is presented, which is cast within debates on the nature of gendered occupational identity, equality initiatives and arenas of power and influence for women and men, within what were traditionally male-dominated organizational contexts. Such an analysis serves to highlight the significance of the new restructuring in sweeping away 150 years of practice and embedded 'ways of doing things' and offers explanations for the actions of contemporary men and women in opposing what were seen by management and the trade union as emancipatory changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-285
Number of pages20
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Equal opportunities
  • Gendered identity
  • Occupational segregation
  • Paternalism

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