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Gender in the UK architectural profession: (re) producing and challenging hegemonic masculinity

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posted on 08.06.2015, 15:59 by Katherine J.C. Sang, Andrew Dainty, Stephen Ison
Architecture represents a creative, high profile and influential profession and yet remains undertheorized from a gender perspective. This article examines how gender is (re)produced in architecture, a profession that remains strangely under-researched given its status and position. The empirical work advances the theoretical concept of hegemonic masculinity via an analysis of gendered working practices and the agency of individuals through resistance and complicity with these norms. It reveals how architectural practice relies on long working hours, homosocial behaviour and creative control. However, whereas women perform their gender in ways which reproduce such gendered norms, white, heterosexual, middle class men can transgress them to challenge aspects of practice culture. This has significant implications for understanding the ways in which hegemonic masculinities are reproduced within creative workplaces.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY

Volume

28

Issue

2

Pages

247 - 264 (18)

Citation

SANG, K.J.C., DAINTY, A.R.J. and ISON, S.G., 2014. Gender in the UK architectural profession: (re) producing and challenging hegemonic masculinity. Work Employment and Society, 28 (2), pp. 247 - 264.

Publisher

SAGE Publications / © The Author(s)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal, Work, Employment and Society. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017013491306

ISSN

0950-0170

Language

en

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