The Sociology of Professions and the Profession of Gender

@article{Davies1996TheSO,
  title={The Sociology of Professions and the Profession of Gender},
  author={C. S. L. Davies},
  journal={Sociology},
  year={1996},
  volume={30},
  pages={661 - 678}
}
  • C. Davies
  • Published 1 November 1996
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
Notwithstanding the growing numbers of women entering the professions and considerable public debate concerned with equal opportunity and barriers to women's advancement, attempts to theorise the relation between gender and profession within the discipline of sociology remain relatively rare. This paper draws on recent work on the gendering of organisation and bureaucracy to suggest that a key issue for consideration is not so much the exclusion of women from work defined as professional, but… 

Equal opportunities in the professions: a research agenda

Abstract The paper identifies gendered power relations as a key issue for research into equal opportunities in the professions. It brings research in history and sociology to bear on each other. It

The paradoxical processes of feminization in the professions: the case of established, aspiring and semi-professions

The past three decades have been characterized by dramatic labour market developments including the mass entry of women to exclusively male domains. Professional work is particularly indicative of

Gender and Age in the Professions: Intersectionality, Meta-work, and Social Change

Sociologists have paid little attention to the shifting significance of gender to professional work. Nevertheless, there is evidence that the meanings attached to gender, and the gendering of work,

Continuity and Change in the Gender Segregation of the Medical Profession in Britain and France

TLDR
It is argued that, despite important elements of continuity in respect of gendered occupational structuring in both countries, national variations in both professional and domestic gendered architectures lead to different outcomes as far as the extent and patterns of internal occupational segregation are concerned.

“A pit to put women in”: professionalism, work intensification, sexualisation and work–life balance in the legal profession in England and Wales

Abstract Today, the rhetorical commitment to diversity and inclusion is almost universally espoused across the legal profession in England and Wales, and issues such as the position of women lawyers

Feminism and Women's Health Professions in Ontario

TLDR
It is argued that feminism provides an ideology of opposition that enables leaders in these professions to battle against professional inequalities by laying bare the gender inequalities that underlie them.

Gender Politics and Conceptions of the Modern Teacher: Women, Identity and Professionalism.

The main purpose of this paper is to critique the concepts of 'teacher professionalism' and 'professional identity' as they are currently manifest in the field of teaching and teacher education from

Gender, Age and Inequality in the Professions

continue to be impacted by gender—albeit with important differences among professions and countries. Much less researched is the issue of the significance of gender and age-cohort or generation to

Women’s Sense-making of Opportunity Structures in the Profession of Attorney in Poland

The article examines the ways in which women make sense of the opportunity structures in which they operate as female attorneys in Poland. The study applies Joan Acker’s theory of gendered

Health professions, gender and society: introduction and outlook

Changing market conditions, new modes of labour and decreasing legitimisation of experts, as well as an increasing ratio of women, pose new challenges to the professions. These ongoing dynamics are
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 58 REFERENCES

Patriarchy and Professions: The Gendered Politics of Occupational Closure

The relationship between gender and professionalisation is a neglected one, and female professional projects have been overlooked in the sociology of professions. The generic notion of profession is

Gender, Status and Professionalism

This paper attempts to develop a framework through which the location of women in the occupational structure can be `thought through'. It is argued that approaches which derive their inspiration from

The Sociology of the Professions

In 1983 Richard Hall viewed the sociological study of the professions as near death. However, had Hall examined the recent British literature he would have come to a very different conclusion. Our

Removing the Blinkers? A Critique of Recent Contributions to the Sociology of Professions

The rapidly growing numbers and influence of both professional organisations and professional personnel in the industrialised world in general and Western capitalist societies in particular has been

Sociological Approaches to the Professions

Studies of the professions clearly illustrate the intricate interplay between general conceptions of society and history, sociological theory, definitions of social categories, empirical research and

The Changing Face of the Professions? Gender and Explanations of Women's Entry to Pharmacy

Discussions of women in the professions have stressed the gendered nature of employment in such positions, and increasing female entry has been seen as an extension of gender segregation and

Professions and Powerlessness: Female Marginality in the Learned Occupations

This paper argues that the existing sociological literature on the learned professions and on scientific occupations has developed in ways that are now theoretically unproductive. One sympton of this

Competence versus Care? Gender and Caring Work Revisited

Feminist scholarship and campaigning have been notably successful in recent years in putting the concept of the unpaid carer onto the public agenda. The caring that women do as a feature of paid

HIERARCHIES, JOBS, BODIES:

In spite of feminist recognition that hierarchical organizations are an important location of male dominance, most feminists writing about organizations assume that organizational structure is gender
...