Part-time workers or part-time men? Exploring the interstices of masculinity, fragmented work and professional work status

Thompson, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-0930-0088, 2011. Part-time workers or part-time men? Exploring the interstices of masculinity, fragmented work and professional work status. In: CIPD Centres’ Conference, Keele University, Keele, 23-24 June 2011.

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Abstract

Part-time working is largely considered a feminised way of working which offers a solution to the problem of combining waged work and child care. Thus, little attention has been afforded to men’s adoption of part-time work and any subsequent consequences for articulations of masculinity. Accordingly, this paper uses a qualitative research approach to explore how masculinity is constructed and articulated where men engage in part-time work and by doing so, challenge the male breadwinner model. The paper selects men in managerial and professional roles as the foci of study to enable a nuanced examination of the interstices between masculinity, fragmented work and professional employment status. Findings suggest that where men with high occupational status elect to work part-time, they face few barriers to access and their masculinity is hardly questioned, either by themselves or by others, and may even be reconfirmed and/or enhanced.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Thompson, A.
Date: 2011
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Apr 2016 11:16
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27376

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