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From macho to modern: Gender equality in forestry workplaces
Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för ekonomi, teknik och samhälle, Arbetsvetenskap.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-4501-2542
Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för ekonomi, teknik och samhälle, Arbetsvetenskap.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-3865-796X
Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för ekonomi, teknik och samhälle, Arbetsvetenskap.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-8227-8633
2014 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Enbart muntlig presentation (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the first preliminary results of an on-going research project investigating performances and negotiations of gender in Swedish forestry workplaces. Forestry has historically primarily implied physically demanding, manual harvesting work, with practical and symbolical associations to men and certain masculinities. In contrast, modern forestry implies new advanced technology, new organisational forms and new skill requirements which – together with more women entering the sector as managers, academics, professionals – might change gendered practices and discourses in this area. Forestry workplaces thereby provide empirical examples of possibly subversive negotiations about the links between gender identity, work and profession. The research project examines tensions between old and new gender constructions in relation to organisational and technical changes. The paper highlights the ways in which male employees describes and interprets the increase of women managers in one of the major forestry companies in Sweden. The empirical data consist of qualitative interviews with 17 employees and the result of an employee survey sent out to all employees and managers in the organization. The preliminary findings indicate both stability and change of gendered practices and discourses in the company. On the one hand, many of the men employees see the increase in women manager as a positive change in the hitherto heavily men-dominated organization, thus welcoming a negotiation of gendered structures and discourses in forestry. On the other hand, some men employees perceive the increase of women managers as a consequence of gender equality quotas, favouring unqualified women at the expense of qualified men. Some men even stated that they saw no point in applying for manager positions as these were pre-folded for women. Skills and competences associated to forestry professions thereby remain associated to men and certain masculinities, even as more women become managers in the company. The sceptical men thus contested the on-going negotiation of gendered practices and discourses in forestry.

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Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi
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Genus och teknik; Effektiv innovation och organisation (FOI)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31156Lokalt ID: 53d16059-7ac7-4f42-b923-56243a650dddOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-31156DiVA, id: diva2:1004386
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Emerging ideas in masculinity research : Masculinity studies in the North 04/06/2014 - 06/06/2014
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Från macho till modern: Jämställdhet i skogsbrukets arbetsorganisationer
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Godkänd; 2014; 20141203 (krijoh)Tillgänglig från: 2016-09-30 Skapad: 2016-09-30 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-05-16Bibliografiskt granskad

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