Gender, availability and dual emancipation in the Swedish ICT sector
2016 (English)In: Work, Employment and Society, ISSN 0950-0170, E-ISSN 1469-8722Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Set in the context of the Swedish state’s agenda of dual emancipation for women and men, the article shows how a global ICT consultancy company’s formal gender equality goal is undermined by competing demands. Employing the concept of availability, in preference to work–life balance, the research found women opted out of roles requiring high degrees of spatial and temporal availability for work, in favour of roles more easily combined with family responsibilities. Such choices led to poor career development, plus the loss of technological expertise and confidence.These outcomes were at odds with the company’s gender equality aims, as well as government objectives to make it easier for women and men to combine work and family, and increase the number of women within ICT.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2016.
availability, dual emancipation, gendered division of labour, ICT, IT consultants, work and family, work–life balance
Research subject Working Life Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38003DOI: 10.1177/0950017016651378OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38003DiVA: diva2:855786
This article was published as manuscript in Line Holths doctoral thesis.2015-09-222015-09-222016-09-30Bibliographically approved