Manufacturing inequality : gender division in the French and British metalworking industries, 1914-1939 (Book, 1995) [WorldCat.org]
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Manufacturing inequality : gender division in the French and British metalworking industries, 1914-1939

Author: Laura Lee Downs
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995.
Series: Wilder House series in politics, history, and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Manufacturing 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ebook
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Lee Downs
ISBN: 0801430151 9780801430152
OCLC Number: 31754963
Language Note: English.
Description: xiv, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. War and the Rationalization of Work --
2. Equal Opportunity Denied --
3. Toward an Epistemology of Skill --
4. Unraveling the Sacred Union --
5. Welfare Supervision and Labor Discipline, 1916-1918 --
6. Demobilization and the Reclassification of Labor, 1918-1920 --
Interlude: The Schizophrenic Decades, 1920-1939 --
7. Reshaping Factory Culture in Interwar France --
8. The Limits of Labor Stratification in Interwar Britain.
Series Title: Wilder House series in politics, history, and culture.
Responsibility: Laura Lee Downs.

Abstract:

"Manufacturing 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."--Jacket.

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