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”Då behöva vi kanske inte ens slåss för gift kvinnas rätt till arbete": Arbete, genusarbetsdelning och fackliga strategier vid ett svenskt bryggeri 1923-1939
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The following is an examination of work and gender and how they interlocked in a Swedishbrewery between 1923 and 1939. Leaning on labor process theory and Marxist feminist theory,this paper examines what constituted women’s work in the brewery industry in this era, how women’s work changed with rationalization and economic recess, and how the all-femaleunion locale reacted to these changes. The events portrayed are related to earlier research ongender on the labor process, to the history of the Swedish labor movement in large, and to theevolution of the so-called “Swedish model” with its relatively low level of conflicts on thelabor market. The gender division of labor at the examined workplace is found to be relativelystrict compared to that in much earlier studies conducted from the same perspectives. Amasculinization of the workforce is found to be due to changes in production in the areas ofthe brewery where women are employed, rather than to changes in the actual division of workbetween men and women. These changes in production, leading to a significantly loweramount of available work for females, are found to be the basis of a peaceful, non-conflictorientedstrategy that the union locale uses in relation to management, and this strategy isfurther found to fit well with the evolution of the Swedish model at a larger scale.

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2014. , 76 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25255DOI: 76OAI: diva2:764702
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2014-11-20 Created: 2014-11-20 Last updated: 2014-11-20Bibliographically approved

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