Doing Gender, Practising Politics: Workplace Cultures in Local and Developed Government


Charles, Nickie. 2014. "Doing Gender, Practising Politics: Workplace Cultures in Local and Developed Government." Gender, Work, & Organization 21 (4): 368-80. 

Author: Nickie Charles


This paper takes a workplace perspective to explore the ways in which institutional arrangements influence the doing of gender and the practising of politics. It compares the workplace culture of the National Assembly for Wales (NAfW) with that of local government in Wales, showing that the culture of the NAfW is experienced as less masculinized than local government and that women, and men, are less constrained to perform an aggressive, confrontational masculinity. This suggests that, in new political institutions, practising politics may be less closely tied to a particular way of doing gender and as a result may challenge the gendering of politics. Theoretically the paper engages with debates about doing, redoing and undoing gender, arguing that in order to understand how change can be brought about, attention needs to be paid to the structural context within which gender is done as well as the interactional level of doing gender.

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, Governance Regions: Europe, Northern Europe Countries: United Kingdom

Year: 2014

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