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Femiminities in STEM: outsiders within
O'Connor, Pat; O'Hagan, Clare; Gray, Breda
This article describes a typological framework with axes relating to career and (non-work) relationship commitment to show how a specific cohort of women enact femininity(ies) in the context of the institutionalised practices that define science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a masculine domain. Based on the accounts of 25 women in such disciplines in an Irish university, four types are identified: careerist femininity; individualised femininity; vocational femininity; and family-oriented femininity. All of these are constituted in relation to the meanings attached to the masculinist STEM career which performatively render women outsiders. The typology moves beyond the career/paid work and work/life dichotomies to encompass both the re-envisioning of career as vocation (Type 3) and the development of a highly individualised lifestyle orientation based on a high commitment to both (Type 2). It points to the variation, complexity and contradictions in how women do femininities in the academic STEM environment ACCEPTED peer-reviewed
Keyword(s): career; career commitment; case study; femininities; Irish; outsiders; relational commitment; STEM; typology; university
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/287526
Work Employment and Society;32 (2), pp. 312-329
Publisher(s): SAGE Publications
First Indexed: 2018-05-30 06:25:40 Last Updated: 2018-06-23 06:27:55