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Beyond the Barriers: witnessing shifting gender dynamics in multinational mine jobs in Ghana
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science. Department of Business Administration, University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Ghana.
2017 (English)In: Gender, Technology and Development, ISSN 0971-8524, E-ISSN 0973-0656, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 206-216Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gender equality plays a very significant role in our socioeconomic development and corporate innovations. However, the multinational Ghanaian mining is dominated by men and a culture of masculinity. The current paper, therefore, studies the Ghanaian mines, exposes their homogeneous scopes, and examines the sociocultural barriers constraining effective participation of women in mine works. The paper further explores the transformations that have occasioned a shift in gender dynamics, leading to an increased participation of women in mines. The results of deploying a multiple case study, qualitative research design, and meta-narratives of the respondents, point to common prejudices, perceptions, and implicit stereotyped notions of gender roles in the mines, as the sociocultural factors constraining the effective participation of women in mine jobs. Beyond the barriers, the paper intuits a women’s revolution in the mines due to the collective efforts of mining companies and allied institutions, both adopting gender strategic measures such as the ‘ore solidarity movement’ gender mainstreaming in admission programs as well as gender equity-driven mining initiatives aimed at re-engineering a shift in gender dynamics of the mine jobs of Ghana. These change regimes among the mines imply inclusivity, de-feminization of poverty, a move towards achieving organizational modernization, competitiveness, and an assurance for gender equality-driven social innovative mining.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 21, no 3, p. 206-216
Keywords [en]
Keywords: Sociocultural, barriers, male-dominance, Shifting gender dynamics, Ghanaian mines
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Social Sciences Business Administration
Research subject
Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63360DOI: 10.1080/09718524.2018.1434992Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048716711OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63360DiVA, id: diva2:1095571
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 1;2018-02-22 (rokbeg)

Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-15 Last updated: 2018-08-14Bibliographically approved
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1. SHIFTING GENDER DYNAMICS IN MULTINATIONAL GHANAIAN MINE JOBS: Narratives on Organizational and Sociocultural Barriers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>SHIFTING GENDER DYNAMICS IN MULTINATIONAL GHANAIAN MINE JOBS: Narratives on Organizational and Sociocultural Barriers
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Gender is one of the central organizing principles around which social and corporate innovation revolves. The multinational Ghanaian mining is dominated by men and masculinity cultures. To gain an adequate understanding of this phenomenon, it is prudent to explore its gendered nature. This thesis reflects consciously upon the pre-entry, organizational and sociocultural barriers affecting the effective participation of women in mine jobs. And beyond the barriers, it examines what changes have occurred, occasioning a shift in gender dynamics, leading to an increasing number of women participation in the industry? The current thesis adopts a case study method, deploying a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches; administered questionnaires, conducted individual interviews, observations, archival documents, and focus group discussions with respondents in four mining companies and a mining and technology university in Ghana. The AMOS–based structural equation modeling approach was used to analyze the quantitative data, while thematic and discourse analysis was employed in analyzing the qualitative narratives of the respondents. Results of the thesis point to the social construction of gender in science, engineering and technology education as a pre-entry barrier. Also, a complex web of male-dominance, gender bias, role models and mentorship constraints, coupled with unfriendly family work policies were noted organizational barriers. In furtherance, common prejudices, perceptions and stereotyped notions of gender roles in the mines constituted noted sociocultural factors constraining effective participation of women in mine work. However beyond the pre-entry, organizational and sociocultural barriers, the current thesis intuits a phenomenon of a ‘women’s revolution’ in the mines, witnessing collective efforts from Women in Mining Ghana as well as the mine workers’ organizations and allied institutions adopting gender strategic measures, such as the ‘ore solidarity,’ gender mainstreaming in admission programmes as well as gender-driven mining initiatives aimed at re-engineering or striking a shift in gender dynamics in the mine jobs of Ghana. Consequently, the classic and continuous male-dominance in Ghanaian mines constitute a considerable concern for mine work organizational development, with practical implications for the mining industry, employment, and  labor relation practices as well as public policy in Ghana. Therefore, affirmative action is recommended for gender deconstruction and promotion of gender democracy. Indeed this move for inclusivity will engender poverty eradication work towards achieving organizational modernization, their global competitiveness and an assurance for gender-driven social innovative mining.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Graphic production, 2017. p. 169
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keywords
Keywords: gender and technology, psychosocial structures, enrolment regimes, organizational barriers, stereotype notions on gender roles, shifting gender dynamics, sustainability, social innovation, multinational Ghanaian mines
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63356 (URN)978-91-7583-910-3 (ISBN)978-91-7583-911-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-16, A 1545, House A, Lulea, 11:37 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-15 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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