Gender, culture and non-financial employment commitment in Great Britain and Sweden
2008 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 10, no 1, 73-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The main question this paper seeks to tackle is whether men and women, as some argue, commit themselves to employment differently or for different reasons. The focus is thus on the mechanisms behind non-financial employment commitment (such as the possible effect of family situation, occupational position, and of different work-related preferences and experiences). The question is comparatively investigated in Sweden and Great Britain, where, in spite of many similarities, the existence of different societal/cultural contexts with relevance for gender and work has been suggested. The results in this paper suggest that the most important motivator for non-financial employment commitment is interesting work, which was found to have a positive effect both as a work goal and as experienced in the workplace. Although women and men in both countries displayed quite similar patterns, some country and gender differences appeared in the way occupational position and degree of education relate to this type of commitment. Higher occupational position and education where more clearly related to higher degrees of commitment for British women than for British men, while the Swedish gender pattern was reversed. In the concluding discussion, possible explanations and implications are discussed, and avenues for further research are suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, Taylor & Francis , 2008. Vol. 10, no 1, 73-96 p.
culture, employment commitment, gender, preferences, work goals, work rewards, work values
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4180DOI: 10.1080/14616690701592573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4180DiVA: diva2:143171