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Forhåbninger og skuffelser i kvindeerhvervene: kvinders møde med ny teknologi og organisatorisk forandring
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
1994 (Danish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Hopes and disappointments in female-occupations : women's meeting with new technology and organizational change (English)
Abstract [en]

In the meeting between women from office- and library work and the computer technology and organizational changes, different actions were found. The purpose of the thesis is to analyse this meeting to consider the situation of the employed when computer technology and new organization are implemented, to discuss the importance of prior social and working life with regard to the understanding of the meeting and to address the working conditions in the 1980s with special attention to women.

The starting point for the analysis of the meeting is an empirical study. The study uses qualitative data from interviews with 30 women. 24 women expresses criticism, 6 expresses consent, with the renewals.

The analysis has three levels. At the first level the contents of the interviews are described. At the second level, from a theory of action, criticism and consent are considered for both foundations and forms of action. At the third level these forms of action are discussed in relation to a list of historical conditions for the social and working life of women generally.

The thesis shows, firstly, that in the criticism and the consent there are three forms of action. These are the department-based form of action, the solidarity form and the individual form. Secondly, that in light of the socio-historical structures it becomes possible to see the three forms of action as three types of interest for development of work and organization. Thus behind both criticism and consent there is an interest in development and change. In the context of the socio-historical perspectives this interest is emphasized.

The thesis shows, thirdly, that both the hopes and the disappointments of womens prior working life are reproduced in the 1980s. Lastly, that the forms of action and the types of interest reflect the limited possibilities for women in the female-occupations to change their position in the working life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 1994. , 180 p.
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 1104-2508 ; 1
Keyword [en]
Female-occupations, organizational change, computer technology, working life, gender, rational action, institutional order, library work, office-work
Keyword [sv]
Kvinnor-- arbete och arbetsmarknad, Kvinnor och teknik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-65818ISBN: 91-7174-943-8OAI: diva2:604932
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1994-11-25, Beteendevetarhuset, sal Bt 102, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:15
Available from: 2013-02-12 Created: 2013-02-12 Last updated: 2013-02-13Bibliographically approved

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