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Systemic gender barriers in building and construction industry : Women co-preneurs as managers


Alessandrini, MJ and Winter, RE, Systemic gender barriers in building and construction industry : Women co-preneurs as managers, Contemporary global perspectives on gender economics, IGI Global, Susanne Moore (ed), Australia, pp. 83-100. ISBN 9781466686113 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2015 IGI Global

DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8611-3.ch005


© 2015, IGI Global. All rights reserved. This chapter examines structural gender-based disadvantage experienced by women in the building industry. This is found in trade and technical occupations, but is much more prevalent in administrative and management roles in small and micro businesses where female family members and spouses carry out work often for little or no remuneration or recognition. Nor does this group have any protection in income support, injury or sickness cover or retirement benefits. This also contributes to inefficiency in the industry as there is minimal opportunity for professional development or skill enhancement. Using a non-positivist methodology, the authors found that this phenomenon is particularly prevalent in the building and construction and that many were unpaid and were employed in other occupations. This disadvantage contributed to status driven tensions between these women, often called co-preneurs, and those women working on site in trade and technical roles.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alessandrini, MJ (Dr Megan Alessandrini)
UTAS Author:Winter, RE (Dr Romy Winter)
ID Code:95178
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-09-26
Last Modified:2016-05-17

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