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Pregnant Bodies : Norwegian female employees in global working life

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Børve, Hege Eggen

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Abstract "This article examines the impact that the interplay between workplace, the welfare state and global working life has on female workers when they become pregnant. By focusing on two highly educated Norwegian female workers, it explores how this change process takes place in two companies operating in the global market located in different countries: Norway and the US. Pregnancy contributes to transforming the neutralized bodiless female worker into an embodied worker with gender. The female workers' experiences and negotiations represent forms of global action on local stages. This is illustrated by four processes: `married to work', `pregnant and still married to work', `negotiating separation from work' and `excluding mothering'. The findings indicate the significance of taking welfare state and workplace policy approaches into consideration in studies of global effects on employees." [author's abstract]
Keywords gender
Classification Working Conditions; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords body; global; welfare state; workplace culture;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 311-326
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 14 (2007) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)