Is the Knowledge Society Gendered?

Citation:

Walby, Sylvia. 2011. “Is the Knowledge Society Gendered?” Gender, Work & Organization 18 (1): 1–29.

Author: Walby, Sylvia

Abstract:

The article comprehensively reviews the theoretical and empirical work on gender and the knowledge society and introduces the articles of the special issue. Three ways in which the knowledge society and economy are gen- dered are distinguished: the gendering of human capital; the gendering of networks and the gendering of the definitions of the knowledge society. Using data from the Labour Force Survey, an original analysis of the gendering of the UK knowledge economy is presented. It finds that the choice of definition of the knowledge economy makes a difference to its gender composition: the more centred on technology and fixed capital, the more masculine, the more centred on human capital, the more gender balanced. The knowledge economy provides better work and conditions. Gender gaps are narrower in the knowledge economy than the overall economy: occupational hierarchies are narrowed to women’s advantage, while differences in work temporalities are narrowed to men’s advantage.

Keywords: knowledge economy, knowledge society, gender, human capital, social capital, employment

Topics: Economies, Gender, Livelihoods, Political Economies

Year: 2011

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