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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Who needs to be "more equal" and why? Doing gender equality in male-dominated industries

Ringblom, Lisa; Johansson, Maria


Purpose This study aims to deepen the understanding of inequality regimes in male-dominated industries, specifically in Swedish forestry and mining, by exploring how conceptions of gender, class and place are articulated and intertwined when doing gender equality in these organizations. Design/methodology/approach The article draws on empirical material from four research and development projects inspired by a feminist action research methodology. Findings This paper shows how gender equality works in these male-dominated organizations simultaneously constructing gender, class and place. When men are at the focal point of gender equality, our empirical findings suggest that blue-collar workers in rural areas are described as "being the problem" for gender inequality in these organizations. Addressing specific groups such as women or blue-collar workers in rural areas is not enough to challenge the inequality regimes that exist in these organizations, since a unilateral focus on certain groups leads to skewed problem formulations. Originality/value Research on gender equality work and its relation to intersectionality in male-dominated industries is limited, and by focusing on men and masculinities, this paper contributes to knowledge concerning gender equality in male-dominated industrial organizations.


Intersectionality; Feminist action research; Mining; Forestry; Organizations

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
2020, Volume: 39, number: 4, pages: 337-353

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    Gender Studies

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