THE SOCIOLOGY OF PROFESSIONS AND THE PROFESSION OF GENDER

Authors
Citation
C. Davies, THE SOCIOLOGY OF PROFESSIONS AND THE PROFESSION OF GENDER, Sociology, 30(4), 1996, pp. 661-678
Citations number
80
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology
Journal title
ISSN journal
0038-0385
Volume
30
Issue
4
Year of publication
1996
Pages
661 - 678
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-0385(1996)30:4<661:TSOPAT>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
Notwithstanding the growing numbers of women entering the professions and considerable public debate concerned with equal opportunity and ba rriers to women's advancement, attempts to theorise the relation betwe en gender and profession within the discipline of sociology remain rel atively rare. This paper draws on recent work on the gendering of orga nisation and bureaucracy to suggest that a key issue for consideration is not so much the exclusion of women from work defined as profession al, but rather their routine inclusion in ill-defined support roles. T his adjunct work of women, it is argued, facilitates the 'fleeting enc ounter' of professional practice, thereby resting on, and celebrating, a specific historical and cultural construction of masculinity and a masculinist vision of professional work. In an era where professions a re under unprecedented public scrutiny, sociological attention to thei r renewal needs to recognise that a key feature of profession, as pres ently defined, is that it professes gender.