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Subtle sexism : re-informing intergroup bias and regulating emotion in an Australian police organization

Melgoza, Alberto R. and Wolfram Cox, Julie 2009, Subtle sexism : re-informing intergroup bias and regulating emotion in an Australian police organization, Journal of management and organization, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 652-666.

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Title Subtle sexism : re-informing intergroup bias and regulating emotion in an Australian police organization
Author(s) Melgoza, Alberto R.
Wolfram Cox, Julie
Journal name Journal of management and organization
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Start page 652
End page 666
Publisher eContent Management
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1833-3672
1758-7247
Keyword(s) gender
aversive sexism
emotional experience
emotional regulation
Summary From a liberal feminist perspective, we argue that gender can both inform and should continue to be informed by social identity studies in efforts to understand and manage subtle sexism in contemporary workplaces. We investigated the presence of a form of subtle sexism, affective aversive sexism, in an Australian male-dominated organization: a police force. To do this we surveyed 159 policemen and examined relationships between individual emotional experience, emotional intensity and emotion regulation. Results indicated that, in a subtle display of intergroup bias, policemen experienced both higher positive and higher negative emotions in the presence of other policemen than of policewomen who, we argue, may be less central in the men's identities and relationships at work. Implications for research, training, and emotion management in the workplace are discussed and it is suggested that liberal feminist research can contribute much to understanding the dynamics that reproduce structural segregation in the workplace.
Language eng
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
150503 Marketing Management (incl Strategy and Customer Relations)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, eContent Management Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019964

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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