This study aims to deepen the understanding of inequality regimes in male-dominated industries, specifically in Swedish forestry and mining, by exploring how conceptions of gender, class and place are articulated and intertwined when doing gender equality in these organizations.
The article draws on empirical material from four research and development projects inspired by a feminist action research methodology.
This paper shows how gender equality works in these male-dominated organizations simultaneously constructing gender, class and place. When men are at the focal point of gender equality, our empirical findings suggest that blue-collar workers in rural areas are described as “being the problem” for gender inequality in these organizations. Addressing specific groups such as women or blue-collar workers in rural areas is not enough to challenge the inequality regimes that exist in these organizations, since a unilateral focus on certain groups leads to skewed problem formulations.
Research on gender equality work and its relation to intersectionality in male-dominated industries is limited, and by focusing on men and masculinities, this paper contributes to knowledge concerning gender equality in male-dominated industrial organizations.
Ringblom, L. and Johansson, M. (2020), "Who needs to be “more equal” and why? Doing gender equality in male-dominated industries", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-01-2019-0042Download as .RIS
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