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Undoing men's privilege and advancing gender equality in public sector institutions

Flood, Michael and Pease, Bob 2005, Undoing men's privilege and advancing gender equality in public sector institutions, Policy and society: journal of public, foreign and global policy, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 119-138, doi: 10.1016/S1449-4035(05)70123-5.

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Title Undoing men's privilege and advancing gender equality in public sector institutions
Author(s) Flood, Michael
Pease, Bob
Journal name Policy and society: journal of public, foreign and global policy
Volume number 24
Issue number 4
Start page 119
End page 138
Publisher University of Sydney, Faculty of Economics and Business, Government and International Relations
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1449-4035
Summary Discrimination against women in public sector organisations has been the focus of considerable research in recent years. While much of this literature acknowledges the structural basis of gender inequality, strategies for change are often focused on anti-discrimination policies, equal employment opportunities and diversity management. Discriminatory behaviour is often individualised in these interventions and the larger systems of dominance and subordination are ignored. The flipside of gender discrimination, we argue, is the privileging of men. The lack of critical interrogation of men's privilege allows men to reinforce their dominance. In this paper we offer an account of gender inequalities and injustices in public sector institutions in terms of privilege. The paper draws on critical scholarship on men and masculinities and an emergent scholarship on men's involvement in the gender relations of workplaces and organisations, to offer both a general account of privilege and an application of this framework to the arena of public sector institutions and workplaces in general.
Notes Available online 18 November 2008.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1449-4035(05)70123-5
Field of Research 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2006
Copyright notice ©2005, University of Sydney
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009028

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