Manufacturing Inequality

Manufacturing Inequality

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qManufacturing Inequality compares the complex historical process whereby metals employers in two distinct national and cultural settings first brought women into their factories and then reorganized work procedures and managerial structures to accommodate the new workforce. Drawing from an extensive range of previously untapped industrial archives, Laura Lee Downs analyzes how sexual difference was transformed from a principle for excluding women into a basis for dividing labor within the newly restructured production process. She explores the origins of wage discrimination and occupational segregation through the lens of managerial strategy, tracing the gendered redefinition of job skills, the division of the shop floor into hierarchically ordered spaces, the deployment of women welfare supervisors, and the implantation of scientific management techniques. Through its detailed comparative analysis of employers' attitudes toward women workers, Manufacturing Inequality mounts a careful critique of both neoclassical economics and feminist dual systems as frameworks for understanding gender discrimination in industry.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved32 The women at Renault responded with alacrity: 2, 000 of them poured onto the streets of Boulogne-Billancourt. ... For many women, the embusquAc became the symbol of unfair privilege: a greedy coward who grew fat and sleek in his cushyanbsp;...

Title:Manufacturing Inequality
Author:Laura Lee Downs
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 1995


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