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Age, Gender, and Work

Small Information Technology Firms in the New Economy

In the new knowledge-based economy, information technology is a major field of employment. However, the fast pace of technological innovation, globalization, and the volatile stock market have made IT an increasingly risky business – for some employees more than for others. This volume examines how women and older workers in small IT companies are disproportionately vulnerable to economic uncertainty within their industry. Drawing on original survey and interview data, the authors explore how gender and age affect work and workplace culture to produce a fresh contribution to the literature on inequality.

200 pages

Table of Contents

Part 1: Key Concepts and Methods

1 Gender, Age, and Work in the New Economy / Julie McMullin and Heather Dryburgh

2 Methods / Emily Jovic, Julie McMullin, and Tammy Duerden Comeau

Part 2: Gender Projects and Regimes

3 Firms as “Gender Regimes”: The Experiences of Women in IT Workplaces / Gillian Ranson and Heather Dryburgh

4 Variants of Masculinity within Masculinist IT Workplace Regimes / Tammy Duerden Comeau and Candace L. Kemp

5 Negotiating Work and Family in the IT Industry / Ingrid Arnet Connidis and Candace L. Kemp

Part 3: Age Regimes and Projects

6 Generational and Age Discourse in IT Firms / Julie McMullin, Emily Jovic, and Tammy Duerden Comeau

7 Aging and Age Discrimination in IT Firms / Julie McMullin and Tammy Duerden Comeau

8 Conclusion: Inequality Regimes and New Economy Work / Emily Jovic and Julie McMullin



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