Executive women, gendered behaviour and adaptive social structures

Murray, Peter A. (2011) Executive women, gendered behaviour and adaptive social structures. In: Women at work: research, policy and practice. Tilde University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 202-238. ISBN 978-0-7346-1137-6

Abstract

This chapter highlights how gender is an enduring point of difference in social relations within and outside places of work. To understand gender relations, individual gendering is an important marker of behaviour, as are individual(s) interaction with others and the structures that provide a framework for this interaction to occur. Individuals interact on a constant basis (human agency), suggesting that agency is constantly produced and reproduced by structure, and that structure is influenced by agency. All structures are social in nature – such as government institutions, organisations, society, family, tribes and more. Actors (e.g. organisational members) continuously interpret their own and others’ lives as social structures act on people and people act on social structures (Giddens 1984). To study or investigate gender per se can be perennially tricky, since gendered behaviour is not something produced or reproduced by itself. Rather, gender is probably best understood when one considers the phenomenon along with race and class (Acker 2006; Andersen 2005), and when one considers that gender is a socially constructed stratification system.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Tilde University Press. Print copy held in the USQ Library at call no. 331.40994 Wom.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Peter Murray
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2011 05:45
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; gendering; agency; social system
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9408

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