The changing nature of waged work in contemporary advanced industrial nations is one of the most significant aspects of political and economic debate. It is also the subject of intense debate among observers of gender. Capital Culture explores these changes focusing particularly on the gender relations between the men and women who work in the financial services sector. The multiple ways in which masculinities and femininities are constructed is revealed through the analysis of interviews with dealers, traders, analysts and corporate financiers. <br> <br> <br> Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, the various ways in which gender segregation is established and maintained is explored. In fascinating detail, the everyday experiences of men and women working in a range of jobs and in different spaces, from the dealing rooms to the boardrooms, are examined. This volume is unique in focusing on men as well as women, showing that for men too there are multiple ways of doing gender at work.
"Some places are immensely symbolic of economic or political power.One such place, the 'City' in London, has long represented theworld of international finance both as objectification (the City'says this') of that world and as the seat of numerous banking, stockbroking and insurance firms. Lacking has been much attentionto the cultural practices upon which this material and symbolicpower of place is based. Through the lens provided by the genderedcharacter of workplace relations Linda McDowell throws light on theways in which the City works. No longer dominated by the stuffyimage of bowlers and brollies, the City nevertheless is stillhostile territory for those whose identities (including many women)are marginalized by the implicit masculinity of City ways. This isa brilliant book, showing the possibilities fortheoretically-informed fieldwork on cultural practices at a timewhen some despair that fieldwork can reveal much of anything."John Agnew, University of California, Los Angeles
"In a short review of this type it is impossible to do fulljustice to such a rich and thought provoking book." RobAtkinson, Capital and Class
"This book deserves a wide audience: students of the servicesector should find McDowell's theoretical and conceptual insightsabout this topic useful; students of gender and work will encountera carefully drawn case study of how gender distinctions areconstructed and reproduced on the job. Finally, those interested incultivating links between their sociological and geographicalimaginations will find that Capital Culture can help them toachieve this goal." Amy S. Wharton, Washington StateUniversity.
" I cannot recommend this text highly enough. it has everything: theory linking gender relations with power and work; analysis ofcity gendered life; rich empirical material taken from fieldwork inmerchant banking; and, many thought provoking views on macsulinityand feminity." Bob Bushaway, University of Birmingham
List of Tables.
Introduction: Money and Work..
Part I. Gender at Work.
Thinking through Work: Gender, Power and Space.
City Work/Places: The Old and New City.
Gendered Work Patterns.
Gendered Career Paths.
The Culture of Banking: Reproducing Class and Gender Divisions..
Part II. Bodies at Work.
Engendered Cultures: The Impossibility of Being a Man.
Body Work 1: Men Behaving Badly.
Body Work 2: The Masqueraders.
Conclusions: Rethinking Work/Places.
Appendix: The Field Work.
Series: Studies in Urban and Social Change
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 16th December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.37 x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1