Job crafting as dynamic displays of gender identities and meanings in male-dominated occupations

Yu, Ai and Jyawali, Harishchandra. 2021. Job crafting as dynamic displays of gender identities and meanings in male-dominated occupations. Gender, Work and Organization, 28(2), pp. 610-625. ISSN 0968-6673 [Article]

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In this article, we explore how women craft their jobs in male-dominated occupations in ways that respond to the job demands relating to contradictory gender expectations. With material from 21 interviews with female chefs working in professional kitchens, we show, through the lens of constructing gender identities and meanings at the gender-body nexus, that three job crafting practices – negotiating physical competence, reframing creativity, and managing men co-workers’ reactions – are invented as creative responses to gender-related job demands. The findings contribute to the job crafting literature by showing that women’s job crafting in male-dominated occupations is less about increasing or decreasing certain types of job demands, but more about enacting “dynamic displays” – material, discursive and fluid – of their gender identities and meanings as situated responses to a given job demand being made. Our research indicates the importance of understanding the conditions under which job crafting is mostly likely to generate positive, negative, or mixed experiences over time.

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job crafting, job demands, contradictory gender expectations, gender identities and meanings, male-dominated occupations, female chefs

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Institute of Management Studies


4 December 2020Accepted
22 December 2020Published Online
March 2021Published

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04 Jan 2021 11:43

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22 Dec 2022 02:26

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