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The Contextual Challenges of Occupational Sex Segregation

Deciphering Cross-National Differences in Europe

Authors: Steinmetz, Stephanie

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This study untangles the complex interplay of individual and contextual factors shaping cross-national differences in horizontal and vertical occupational sex segregation. It relates the individual factors affecting occupational decisions to the broader social and economic context within a given society. Following this approach, Stephanie Steinmetz provides a comprehensive overview of the development and causes of cross-national differences in occupational sex segregation. She offers insights into the positioning of 21 EU Members States, particularly of former CCE countries. Based on advanced multi-level models, the study shows that institutional factors, such as the organization of educational systems, post-industrial developments, social policies, and the national ‘gender culture’, play a crucial role in shaping sex segregation processes apart from individual factors. The author clarifies that a distinct set of institutional factors is relevant to each of the two dimensions of occupational sex segregation and that these factors operate in different directions: some reduce horizontal segregation while at the same time aggravating the vertical aspect. Finally, the study assesses the empirical findings from a political perspective by addressing the future contextual challenges of EU Member States seeking to attain higher gender equality on the labour market.

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Dr. Stephanie Steinmetz completed her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Walter Müller at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim. She is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The state of the art in occupational sex segregation research

    Pages 17-35

    Steinmetz, Stephanie

  • Explaining occupational sex segregation

    Pages 37-56

    Steinmetz, Stephanie

  • The problem of the measurement of sex segregation revisited

    Pages 57-74

    Steinmetz, Stephanie

  • Female labour force participation and patterns of occupational sex segregation in Europe

    Pages 75-119

    Steinmetz, Stephanie

  • Variations in occupational sex segregation across EU Member States – creating a typology of ‘sex segregation regimes’

    Pages 121-142

    Steinmetz, Stephanie

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Softcover $74.99
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Contextual Challenges of Occupational Sex Segregation
Book Subtitle
Deciphering Cross-National Differences in Europe
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Copyright Holder
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH
eBook ISBN
978-3-531-93056-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-531-93056-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-531-17964-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
288
Number of Illustrations
34 b/w illustrations
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