Doing Men's Work & Remaining a Woman: A Sociological Case Study in Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany)
(2014) Doing Men's Work & Remaining a Woman: A Sociological Case Study in Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), no. 59.
This study focuses on the lived experience of German female workers in a male-dominated workplace in manual Labour. It will focus especially on exploring the gendered and specifically feminine issue that women working as machine mechanics have to face in relation to a variety of social and cultural factors. Moreover, there is recognition that this occupation is dominated by men; the media portrays a lack of male role models as a social and cultural problem. When a female chooses to work in this setting, they are met with assumptions of femininity and homosexuality. Through the use of an interpretative ontology, the theoretical perspective of symbolic interactionism and a constructionist epistemology, this research will attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences these women have and the meanings attributed to them. Findings highlight: to determine the socially constructed nature of gender and femininity; the influence of institutional discourse on gender performativity; the effect of cultural and institutional discourse on being an effective female machine mechanic and the experiences of marginalisation for female machine mechanic in this professional career.