Grading Occupational Prestige: The Impact of Gendered Stereotypes

By Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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The question of whether gender affects occupational prestige has been an interest in gender studies and in studies on occupations. Different researchers reach dissimilar conclusions and they generally use quantitative data to reveal the relation between prestige and occupations. Since gender is a cultural phenomenon, affecting images and valuations, it is questionable if surveys alone can provide substantial explanations. This article draws on a qualitative focus group study and approaches the questions of how people reason when grading occupational prestige and on how ratings are affected by gendered images of occupations. The study revealed that raters that are grading occupations according to prestige use gendered images of occupations and often conclude male superiority in ranking. From these findings there is reason to ask whether occupational prestige is in fact masculine biased.

Keywords: Gender, Images of Occupations, Occupational Prestige

International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 13, Issue 1, April 2014, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 4, 2013 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 353.246KB)).

Dr. Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson

Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson, Ph.D, is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at University of Gothenburg. Ylva has an interest the sociology of occupations and professions, as well as in gender studies.