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Introduction

Jude Browne

in Sex segregation and inequality in the modern labour market

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861345998
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345998.003.0001
Introduction

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The key line of argument of this book is that there is a lack of fit between predominant definitions and explanations of occupational sex segregation on the one hand, and contemporary empirical evidence on the other. It is suggested that using ‘gender’ for the purposes of constructing particular social and political goals, such as equality and justice, is confusing. A few examples that reveal the importance of concept clarification within the field of occupational sex segregation are presented. The collection of data pertaining to the contemporary British labour market indicates both similarities and differences in the economic and social situations of men and women and can be used to contextualise the explanatory theories of vertical occupational sex segregation (VOSS) and case-study material throughout the book. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is provided.

Keywords: VOSS; contemporary empirical evidence; gender; British labour market; equality; justice

Chapter.  5802 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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