Men, masculinities and flexible work in a local government authority
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to establish the strongly entrenched connection between hegemonic masculinity and participation in full-time employment. It subsequently examines the extent to which male flexible workers in local government represent a challenge to this orthodoxy.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper reports on findings from interviews with 12 men and 13 women undertaking flexible work in a local government authority in Australia.
Findings – It was found that while two of the male flexible workers articulate alternative discourses of masculine subjectivity dissociated from participation in full-time work, the remainder demonstrate the continued centrality of a full-time presence in the workplace to hegemonic masculinity.
Originality/value – This paper argues that these findings are indicative of the continued dominance of masculinities in local government organisations.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Australia, Employee Attitudes, Flexible Working Hours, Gender, Local Government|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Emerald|
|Deposited On:||02 Feb 2009 11:13|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:45|
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