Men and flexible working: the potency of masculinity and occupational status

Thompson, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-0930-0088, 2010. Men and flexible working: the potency of masculinity and occupational status. In: Work, Employment and Society Conference 2010, British Sociological Association, University of Brighton, Brighton, 7-9 September 2010.

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Flexible 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 flexible modes of working and any subsequent consequences for articulations of masculinity. Accordingly, this paper explores how masculinity is constructed and articulated where men adopt flexible working patterns and by doing so, challenge the male breadwinner model. To unravel the nature of the inter-relationship between notions of masculinity and occupational status in the context of flexible modes of work organisation, this paper focuses upon men in managerial, technical and professional occupations who engage with flexible working. Drawing on a series of qualitative in-depth interviews, findings suggest that where men with high occupational status elect to work flexibly, 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: 2010
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Apr 2016 11:40
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:00

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