The making of a glass slipper: exploring patterns of inclusion and exclusion in a feminized profession

Adamson, Maria (2015) The making of a glass slipper: exploring patterns of inclusion and exclusion in a feminized profession. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 34 (3). pp. 214-226. ISSN 2040-7149 (doi:10.1108/EDI-01-2014-0002)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose this paper is to deploy the concept of the “glass slipper” to unpack the construction of systematic patterns of inclusion and exclusion along the lines of gender, age and class in the emerging, female-dominated profession of psychological counselling in Russia.
Design/methodology/approach – The study draws on an analysis of 26 in-depth qualitative interviews with practising counsellors in Russia.
Findings – Drawing on the glass slipper concept, the article demonstrates how seemingly neutral discursive “rules” of professional conduct articulated by counsellors create an association between a collective professional identity and the social identities of typical practitioners, making this profession appear most suitable for middle-aged, middle-class women. The author’s findings also show how certain embodied identities – in this case masculinity – may be able to “fit” into a slipper that was not made for them.
Originality/value – The paper extends the understanding of the dynamics of inequality patterns in a feminized profession in the Russian context by unveiling previously underexplored patterns of marginalization along the lines of class and age. It also strengthens the collective-associative view of occupational identity and extends the glass slipper concept by exposing the mechanisms of body-work association in this profession and demonstrating that certain identity characteristics may
be more universally privileged in the construction of professional identities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Inequality, Discourse of professionalism, Feminized profession, Glass slipper, Professional identity
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 14494
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted version of the manuscript "The making of a glass slipper: exploring patterns of inclusion and exclusion in a feminized profession", published in the journal "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal" available via the journal site at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EDI-01-2014-0002. This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here - eprints.mdx.ac.uk. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited."
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Depositing User: Maria Adamson
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2015 13:53
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 18:30
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14494

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