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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622118
Title:
Doing gender in the ‘new office’
Authors:
Hirst, Alison; Schwabenland, Christina
Abstract:
Our paper investigates how gender is performed in the context of an office setting designed to promote intensive, fluid networking. We draw on an ethnographically-oriented study of the move of staff into a new office building constructed primarily from glass, and incorporating open plan offices, diverse collective areas and walking routes. Although the designers aimed to invoke changes in the behaviour of all staff, they conceptualized these changes in masculine terms. We therefore analyse the gender norms materialized by the workspaces of the ‘new office' and how women responded to these. We suggest that the new office encourages an image of the ideal worker which brings together ways of acting and interacting that have been characterised as both masculine and feminine – active movement and spontaneous encounters, but also intensive face-to-face interaction and deep relationship-building. Women are driven into this mode of working in an uncompromising, almost aggressive way, but a straightforward gender-based dynamic does not emerge in their responses, with conventional gender characteristics being reshuffled and recombined.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire; Anglia Ruskin University
Citation:
Hirst A, Schwabenland C (2017) 'Doing gender in the ‘new office’', Gender, Work and Organization.
Journal:
Gender, Work and Organization
Issue Date:
1-Jun-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622118
DOI:
10.1111/gwao.12200
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0968-6673
Appears in Collections:
Business and management

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dc.contributor.authorHirst, Alisonen
dc.contributor.authorSchwabenland, Christinaen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-05T11:12:38Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-05T11:12:38Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-01-
dc.identifier.citationHirst A, Schwabenland C (2017) 'Doing gender in the ‘new office’', Gender, Work and Organization.en
dc.identifier.issn0968-6673-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/gwao.12200-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622118-
dc.description.abstractOur paper investigates how gender is performed in the context of an office setting designed to promote intensive, fluid networking. We draw on an ethnographically-oriented study of the move of staff into a new office building constructed primarily from glass, and incorporating open plan offices, diverse collective areas and walking routes. Although the designers aimed to invoke changes in the behaviour of all staff, they conceptualized these changes in masculine terms. We therefore analyse the gender norms materialized by the workspaces of the ‘new office' and how women responded to these. We suggest that the new office encourages an image of the ideal worker which brings together ways of acting and interacting that have been characterised as both masculine and feminine – active movement and spontaneous encounters, but also intensive face-to-face interaction and deep relationship-building. Women are driven into this mode of working in an uncompromising, almost aggressive way, but a straightforward gender-based dynamic does not emerge in their responses, with conventional gender characteristics being reshuffled and recombined.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsYellow - can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectgenderen
dc.subjectwomenen
dc.subjectnew officesen
dc.subjectspatial relationshipsen
dc.subjectorganizational spaceen
dc.subjectC811 Occupational Psychologyen
dc.titleDoing gender in the ‘new office’en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentAnglia Ruskin Universityen
dc.identifier.journalGender, Work and Organizationen
dc.date.updated2017-06-05T10:57:57Z-
dc.description.noteEmbargo period of 24 months Date of issue not known yet.-
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