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Vertical segregation and gender practices. Perspectives of analysis and action

Barbara Poggio (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Trento, Italy)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 24 August 2010




The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the persistence of vertical segregation in the European labour market, suggesting an interpretation of the phenomenon (and a consequent basis for intervention) based on the concept of gender practice.


The paper is theoretical in nature. It consists of a brief survey of the main explanations proposed in the literature and of the approaches most frequently used to counteract vertical gender segregation. It then focuses on a practice‐based approach.


The paper describes the opportunities offered by an approach based on an interpretation of gender as practice.


The paper intends to provide the debate on gender and management with insights derived from adoption of an interpretative perspective emergent from both the theoretical point of view and that of managerial action and policy.



Poggio, B. (2010), "Vertical segregation and gender practices. Perspectives of analysis and action", Gender in Management, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 428-437.



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