Reflexivity and the construction of competing discourses of masculinity in a female-dominated profession

Adamson, Maria (2014) Reflexivity and the construction of competing discourses of masculinity in a female-dominated profession. Gender, Work and Organization, 21 (6). pp. 559-572. ISSN 0968-6673 (doi:10.1111/gwao.12058)

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the debates on reflexivity and change by extending our understanding of (non-)reflexivity mechanisms in the discursive constructions of gender. Specifically, I explore how and why women persistently construct contradictory discursive accounts of men and masculinity in a female-dominated profession of counselling psychology in Russia. Drawing on the concept of ‘interpretative repertoires’ I argue that female counsellors construct different kinds of masculinities based on three ‘repertoires’: psycho-biological, structural and relational. I demonstrate how these constructions of masculinity are imbued with different meanings and are used to explain only certain contexts, which precludes women's ability to reflect on their contradictory nature. I conclude by discussing how an exploration of discursive (non-)reflexivity extends our understanding of the conditions for gender transformations

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 16 JUL 2014
Keywords (uncontrolled): reflexivity; discourses; masculinity; female-dominated profession; interpretative repertoires
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 14491
Notes on copyright: © 2015 The Authors. Gender, Work & Organization published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is noncommercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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Depositing User: Maria Adamson
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 13:26
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 18:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14491

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