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Getting in, getting on, getting out? Women as career scramblers in the UK film and television industries

Wing-Fai, L., Gill, R. and Randle, K. (2015). Getting in, getting on, getting out? Women as career scramblers in the UK film and television industries. The Sociological Review, 63, pp. 50-65. doi: 10.1111/1467-954X.12240

Abstract

This article looks at the predominance of freelancing in the film and television industries as a lens to examine the persistence of gender inequalities within these fields. Previous research has indicated that women fare better in larger organizations with more stable patterns of employment, and in this article we explore why that might be the case, by focusing on the experiences of female freelancers at a moment when project-based, precarious work and informal recruitment practices are increasing in the UK film and television sector. We highlight in particular the ways in which gender inequality is mediated by age and parental status, and the impact of intersectional identities on women's ability to sustain a career in film and television.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wing-Fai, L., Gill, R. and Randle, K. (2015), Getting in, getting on, getting out? Women as career scramblers in the UK film and television industries. The Sociological Review, 63: 50–65., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-954X.12240. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15650
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