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Revealing Gendering Structures and Processes in Working Life- a Methodological Challenge

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Författare Annika Härenstam
Publicerad i Abstracts, Women, Work & Health Initiative. International Conference Gender Work and Development, Jhansi India March 2010
Sidor 22
Publiceringsår 2010
Publicerad vid Institutionen för arbetsvetenskap
Sidor 22
Språk en
Ämnesord Methods, gendering, women's health
Ämneskategorier Arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi, Yrkesmedicin, Psykologi, Genusstudier

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Gendering structures and processes are inert, immanent and difficult to explore as they are embedded in daily work practices, organizational practices, social institutions and labour markets. In order to facilitate change that will improve women’s health and conditions in working life, gendering structures and processes have to be revealed. I will present two methodological approaches that may overcome some of the difficulties. New methods are needed in addition to traditional epidemiological analyses of complex multivariate exposures. Knowledge of the context is most important for our understanding of health risks - also in the informal sector. We need to explore and compare sectors and types of operations rather than occupations or women and men in order to reveal gendering structures and processes. We need high quality contextual studies of organisational and work practices in order to explore how structural factors affect women’s working conditions and health. Contextual and comprehensive analyses such as multilevel and cluster analyses are particularly suitable for comparisons of women’s and men’s risk factors for health in working life as well as for guidance in preventive action.

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