Men, masculinities and flexible work in a local government authority

Pini, Barbara M. & McDonald, Paula K. (2008) Men, masculinities and flexible work in a local government authority. Gender in Management An International Journal, 23(8), pp. 598-612.

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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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ID Code: 17234
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, Employee Attitudes, Flexible Working Hours, Gender, Local Government
DOI: 10.1108/17542410810912717
ISSN: 1754-2413
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 01:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:45

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