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The contradictions and intersections of class and gender in a global city: Placing working women's lives on the research agenda

By Linda McDowell, Diane Perrons, Colette Fagan, Kathryn Ray and Kevin Ward


In this paper we examine the relationships between class and gender in the context of current debates about economic change in Greater London. It is a common contention of the global city thesis that new patterns of inequality and class polarisation are apparent as the expansion of high-status employment brings in its wake rising employment in low-status, poorly paid 'servicing' occupations. Whereas urban theorists tend to ignore gender divisions, feminist scholars have argued that new class and income inequalities are opening up between women as growing numbers of highly credentialised women enter full-time, permanent employment and others are restricted to casualised, low-paid work. However, it is also argued that working women's interests coincide because of their continued responsibility for domestic obligations and still-evident gender discrimination in the labour market. In this paper we counterpose these debates, assessing the consequences for income inequality, for patterns of childcare and for work - life balance policies of rising rates of labour-market participation among women in Greater London. We conclude by outlining a new research agenda

Topics: HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Pion Ltd
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1068/a3781
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:16265
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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