Reflexivity and the construction of competing discourses of masculinity in a female-dominated profession

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Adamson, M. 2014. Reflexivity and the construction of competing discourses of masculinity in a female-dominated profession. Gender, Work and Organization. 21 (6), pp. 559-572. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12058
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TitleReflexivity and the construction of competing discourses of masculinity in a female-dominated profession
AuthorsAdamson, M.
Abstract

This paper contributes to the debates on reflexivity and change by extending our understanding of (non-)reflexivity mechanisms in the discursive constructions of gender. Specifically, I explore how and why women persistently construct contradictory discursive accounts of men and masculinity in a female-dominated profession of counselling psychology in Russia. Drawing on the concept of ‘interpretative repertoires’ I argue that female counsellors construct different kinds of masculinities based on three ‘repertoires’: psycho-biological, structural and relational. I demonstrate how these constructions of masculinity are imbued with different meanings and are used to explain only certain contexts, which precludes women's ability to reflect on their contradictory nature. I conclude by discussing how an exploration of discursive (non-)reflexivity extends our understanding of the conditions for gender transformations

Keywordsreflexivity; discourses; masculinity; female-dominated profession; interpretative repertoires
Research GroupDiversity and Gender group
PublisherWileyBlackwell
JournalGender, Work and Organization
ISSN0968-6673
Publication dates
Online16 Jul 2014
Print30 Sep 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Mar 2015
Accepted30 Sep 2014
Output statusPublished
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© 2015 The Authors. Gender, Work & Organization published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is noncommercial and no modifications or
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12058
LanguageEnglish
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