American Sociological Association

Men in Caring Occupations: Doing Gender Differently

As there is less written about men in occupations where the majority of workers are women than the reverse, I was looking forward to reading Men in Caring Occupations, especially regarding the four occupations covered—airplane cabin crew, nurses, primary school teachers, and librarians. The focus of the book is how men “negotiate the potential mismatch between the (feminine) nature of the job and a gendered (masculine) identity” (p. 4-5). As the minority group in these occupations, men need to practice their caring skills, but need not feminize as workers. By maintaining their masculine identity, they would do gender differently. But do they? Not much—“what emerges is a patchy and uneven transformation”

Authors

Judith Lorber

Volume

39

Issue

3

Starting Page

345

Ending Page

347