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Conditioned openings and restraints: The meaning‐making of women professionals breaking into the male‐dominated sector of forestry
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3865-796x
Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4314-7032
Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
2019 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

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.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019.
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forestry, gender segregation, male‐dominated industries, skills, women
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75768DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12403ISI: 000480923700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75768DiVA, id: diva2:1347004
Available from: 2019-08-29 Created: 2019-08-29 Last updated: 2019-09-06

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