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Gendered communication and public safety: Women, men and incident management


Owen, C, Gendered communication and public safety: Women, men and incident management, Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 28, (2) pp. 3-10. ISSN 1324-1540 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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Managing emergency events requires incident management teams to actively pool their ideas and concerns to resolve challenges, although this frequently does not occur. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative research methods, this paper explores whether gender may be an underlying factor. The quantitative findings indicate that women report different experiences of communication in incident management teams. In seeking to provide an account as to why this might be the case 24 qualitative interviews with incident management team members were examined. The findings reveal cultural challenges to team communication and specifically a masculinist culture (i.e. acting with high confidence and bravado). The legitimacy of these displays is contested by both men and women because of their negative impacts on team communication and co-operation. Strategies for overcoming the negative impacts of masculinist cultures and the role of leadership and training are discussed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Dr Christine Owen)
ID Code:88109
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-01-13
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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