© 1997

Gendered Practices in Working Life

  • Liisa Rantalaiho
  • Tuula Heiskanen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Liisa Rantalaiho, Tuula Heiskanen, Päivi Korvajärvi, Marja Vehviläinen
      Pages 3-15
    3. Liisa Rantalaiho
      Pages 16-30
  3. (De)constructing Gendered Hierarchies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-35
    2. Merja Kinnunen
      Pages 37-51
    3. Riitta Martikainen
      Pages 52-65
    4. Päivi Korvajärvi
      Pages 66-80
  4. Everyday Life as Life-Totality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-87
    2. Riikka Kivimäki
      Pages 89-100
    3. Minna Salmi
      Pages 101-116
  5. Defining Subjectivities in Working Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-122
    2. Marja Vehviläinen
      Pages 138-151
  6. Changing Gendered Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-158
    2. Leila Räsänen
      Pages 159-173
    3. Tuula Heiskanen
      Pages 174-187
  7. Concluding Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Tuula Heiskanen, Liisa Rantalaiho
      Pages 191-196
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 197-214

About this book


Gendered distinctions and differences in working life are produced by often hidden practices. What are they like? How do they work? The book creates, through its multidisciplinary approach and rich empirical data, a wide perspective on gendered practices in working life, from the level of labour market structures to the personal experiences of women and men. Some taken-for-granted assumptions of gender in social sciences and feminist research are challenged by a view through the 'Nordic window'.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Liisa Rantalaiho
    • 1
  • Tuula Heiskanen
    • 2
  1. 1.Tampere School of Public HealthUniversity of TampereFinland
  2. 2.Work Research Centre, Research Institute for Social SciencesUniversity of TampereFinland

About the editors

Liisa Rantalaiho is a Professor of Sociology and Psychology of Work at the Tampere School of Public Health, University of Tampere, Finland

Tuula Heiskanen is a Research Director of the Work Research Centre at the Research Institute for social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland

Bibliographic information


i'Why despite widely articulated policies of equality, does gender inequality persist in the world of waged work? How is it that in Finland, a supposed paradise for women, hierarchic divisions of gender still prevail? In this very important contribution, a group of Finnish researchers, working with a shared conceptual focus on gendered practices, investigates the reproduction of gender inequality across an impressive array of terrains and circumstances. This book provides greater evidence that the solutions of liberal feminism are not paves the way for conducting futher studies of gendering practices in other cultural contexts.' - Marta Calá and Linda Smirich, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

'I read Gendered Practices in Working Life with great admiration. This book is an excellent collection of essays about crossing boundaries and making connections...It is essential reading for all concerned with these questions.' - Jeff Hearn, University of Manchester