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Capital Culture. Gender at Work in the City. Edition No. 1. IJURR Studies in Urban and Social Change Book Series

  • ID: 5226902
  • Book
  • November 1997
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The changing nature of waged work in contemporary advanced industrial nations is one of the most significant aspects of political and economic debate. It is also the subject of intense debate among observers of gender. Capital Culture explores these changes focusing particularly on the gender relations between the men and women who work in the financial services sector. The multiple ways in which masculinities and femininities are constructed is revealed through the analysis of interviews with dealers, traders, analysts and corporate financiers.

Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, the various ways in which gender segregation is established and maintained is explored. In fascinating detail, the everyday experiences of men and women working in a range of jobs and in different spaces, from the dealing rooms to the boardrooms, are examined. This volume is unique in focusing on men as well as women, showing that for men too there are multiple ways of doing gender at work.

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List of Illustrations.

List of Tables.

Series Preface.


Introduction: Money and Work..

Part I. Gender at Work.

Thinking through Work: Gender, Power and Space.

City Work/Places: The Old and New City.

Gendered Work Patterns.

Gendered Career Paths.

The Culture of Banking: Reproducing Class and Gender Divisions..

Part II. Bodies at Work.

Engendered Cultures: The Impossibility of Being a Man.

Body Work 1: Men Behaving Badly.

Body Work 2: The Masqueraders.

Conclusions: Rethinking Work/Places.

Appendix: The Field Work.



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Linda McDowell University of Cambridge, UK.
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