Doing Comparable Worth: Gender, Class, and Pay Equity

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Februar 1991



Serving as a study of the actual process of attempting to translate into reality the idea of equal pay for work of equal value, this book details both the technical and political processes, showing how the technical was always political, and how management manipulated and unions resisted wage redistribution.


1. Introduction
2. Competing Interests, Multiple Goals
3. Reproducing Hierarchy--or Job Evaluation in Oregon
4. True Comparable Worth: The Technical as Political
5. From True Comparable Worth to Poverty Relief
6. Doing Comparable Worth: Theorizing Gender and Class Notes Bibliography Index


"This is the first complete description of the process of developing and implementing comparable worth in the United States. It shows clearly how different interests become enmeshed in the process and transfrom the project by their presence. The result is that the political conflicts become more understandable. Perhaps more importantly, Acker locates the struggle over comparable worth theoretically... A significant contribution to the debate over comparable worth and more broadly to the analysis of class and gender." --Roslyn L. Feldberg, Associate Director, Labor Relations, Massachusetts Nurses Association "Joan Acker provides a rich historical account of attempts in Oregon to formulate and implement a pay equity plan for state employees... [She also] provides fascinating and convincing evidence of how deeply ingrained in existing pay systems are gender specific images of work... Those with an interest in feminist scholarship and contemporary history should appreciate the care with which this important story has been reconstructed." --Science "Acker...brings her sophisticated theoretical skills to bear on describing and analyzing the effort to implement a comparable-worth salary settlement for state employees in Oregon... The complex issues are addressed in a readable and concrete style that makes this accessible to upper-division undergraduates; it is essential reading for graduate students and faculty." --Choice
EAN: 9780877228349
ISBN: 0877228345
Untertitel: 'Women in the Political Economy'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 1991
Seitenanzahl: 272 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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