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Gender, Work and Employment

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The unequal distribution and embodied performance of ‘work’ is intimately bound up with everyday sites and activities of production, consumption and domestic social reproduction. It is important to differentiate between work and employment and to qualify these terms with the concept of gender. This is because the prevalent notion of work-as-employment overlooks a wide variety of unpaid work without which any society could not reproduce its working population. Persistent inequalities are evident in the nature and extent of work performed by women and men around the world and how different jobs are rewarded and afforded social status. Work and employment can be viewed in a number of ways; as structured events in people’s lives, as flows of income and social capital, and as enduring sites of identity formation. Understanding the multi-dimensional world of work is central to our wider understanding of global social justice, inequality and uneven development.

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Author(s): Jarvis H

Editor(s): Pratt, Geraldine

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology

Year: 2016

Acceptance date: 01/11/2015

Publisher: Wiley

Place Published: New York


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ISBN: 9781118786352