Conditioned openings and restraints

The meaning‐making of women professionals breaking into the male‐dominated sector of forestry

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75768
Access full text here:10.1111/gwao.12403
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics, Teknik och teknologier, Maskinteknik, Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi, Forestry, Gender segregation, Male‐dominated industries, Skills, Women, Arbetsvetenskap, Human Work Sciences
Publication year: 2020
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 5 Gender equalitySDG 10 Reduced inequalitiesSDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
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Abstract:

This article addresses how women forestry professionals articulate and interpret their experiences of being a woman and a professional in the male‐dominated context of forestry. The findings suggest that the entrance of women into forestry has created openings as well as restraints within the dominant discourses of forestry organizations. Gendered constructions of skills and a workplace culture described as built on homosocial values cause women to feel questioned and disadvantaged. At the same time, women are valued for their perceived capacity to perform relational‐based aspects of forestry work and as a means to reduce gender segregation. We conclude that while these openings are conditioned by discourses of gender differences and masculine privileges, they provide women, to some extent, with subjectivity and organizational space that, with time, may challenge the dominant and gendered discourses of forestry organizations.

Authors

Kristina Johansson

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Elias Andersson

Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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Maria Johansson

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Gun Lidestav

Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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