Nonprofit organisations face a restructuring state : the case of local social services in the Hunter region of New South Wales

Bryson, Lois (1993) Nonprofit organisations face a restructuring state : the case of local social services in the Hunter region of New South Wales. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD. [Working Paper]


This paper is concerned with certain of the characteristics of local social services, and their role in a restructuring Australian welfare state. I am particularly concerned with the distinctive gender characteristics of these organisations, because in comparison with most other organisations they have a feminised quality. This partly mirrors women's traditional role of undertaking the major part of the caring labour of society. However, simultaneously work in these organisation deviates from more traditional patterns where employed women occupy subordinate positions. In many community organisations, women occupy leadership roles. The analysis here is concerned with the apparently paradoxical nature of these organisations in their capacity to entrench traditional gender roles and to challenge these by allowing women to fill management positions. It is also concerned to examine whether changes that have been occurring in the community services sector over the last two decades are likely to enhance women's general position in the society, or diminish the power exercised by women. The paper draws in a preliminary way on a study of local services in the Hunter Region of NSW undertaken in the latter half of 1992. These preliminary findings are set against the broader picture of developments in the contemporary welfare state.

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ID Code: 53164
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Nonprofit Organisations
ISBN: 0868568821
ISSN: 1037-1516
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1993 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2012 23:34
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 12:49

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