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ERIC Number: EJ929930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
The Context of Workplace Sex Discrimination: Sex Composition, Workplace Culture and Relative Power
Stainback, Kevin; Ratliff, Thomas N.; Roscigno, Vincent J.
Social Forces, v89 n4 p1165-1188 Jun 2011
Building on prior work surrounding negative work-related experiences, such as workplace bullying and sexual harassment, we examine the extent to which organizational context is meaningful for the subjective experience of sex discrimination. Data draw on the 2002 National Study of the Changing Workforce, which provides a key indicator of individuals' sex discrimination experiences as well as core and arguably influential dimensions of organizational context--i.e., sex composition, workplace culture and relative power--suggested by prior research. Results indicate that the experience of sex discrimination is reduced for both women and men when they are part of the numerical majority of their work group. Although supportive workplace cultures mitigate the likelihood of sex discrimination, relative power in the workplace seems to matter little. We conclude by revisiting these results relative to perspectives surrounding hierarchy maintenance and group competition, but also the potential importance of internal cultural dynamics and workplace histories. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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