Contextualizing privilege and disadvantage: lessons from women expatriates in the Middle East

Rodriguez, J.K. and Ridgway, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4426-6516, 2019. Contextualizing privilege and disadvantage: lessons from women expatriates in the Middle East. Organization, 26 (3), pp. 391-409. ISSN 1350-5084

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Abstract

This article explores how the simultaneity of privilege and disadvantage shapes the experiences of women expatriates in the Middle East. The article problematizes the simultaneity of being an elite group (e.g. expatriates) and a disadvantaged group (e.g. women) within the context of Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Drawing on the literature about women and work expatriation, the article analyses the narratives of women expatriates to highlight the complexity and multidimensionality of their experiences, positioning the discussion within the framework of gendered institutions. The article concludes that privilege and disadvantage are inseparable to the way the experiences of women expatriates unfold in the Middle East, and that institutional settings articulate this inseparability in order to regulate and help to maintain the gender social order. The article contributes a nuanced understanding of the experiences of women expatriates, challenging dominant views that present this group as generally privileged by virtue of their skilled and mobile status.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization
Creators: Rodriguez, J.K. and Ridgway, M.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2019
Volume: 26
Number: 3
ISSN: 1350-5084
Identifiers:
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10.1177/1350508418812580DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 29 Nov 2018 16:23
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 11:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35184

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