'I wouldn't say it's sexism, except that ... It's all these little subtle things':healthcare scientists' accounts of gender in healthcare science laboratories

Bevan, V. and Learmonth, M. (2013) 'I wouldn't say it's sexism, except that ... It's all these little subtle things':healthcare scientists' accounts of gender in healthcare science laboratories. Social Studies of Science, 43 (1). pp. 136-158. ISSN 0306-3127

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Abstract

We explore healthcare scientists’ accounts of men in healthcare science laboratories. By focussing on subtle masculinist actions that women find disadvantageous to them, we seek to extend knowledge about women’s under-representation in senior positions in healthcare science – despite women being in the majority at junior levels. We maintain that healthcare science continues to be dominated by taken-for-granted masculinities that marginalize women, keeping them in their ‘place’. Our aim is to make visible the subtle practices that are normally invisible by showing masculinities in action. Principally using feminist analyses, our findings show that both women and men are often unaware of taken-for-granted masculinist actions, and even when women do notice, they rarely challenge the subtle sexist behaviour.

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Social Studies of Science
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30 Jul 2013 10:35
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