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Glass ceilings and sticky floors: drawing new ontologies

Morgan, Mary S. (2017) Glass ceilings and sticky floors: drawing new ontologies. In: Chemla, K. and Fox Keller, E., (eds.) Cultures Without Culturalism in the Making of Scientific Knowledge. Duke University Press, Durham, US.

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How did the ‘glass ceiling’ and related characteristics of female labour force experience become recognised as a proper object for social scientific study? Exploring interactions between the contexts of discovery and justification reveals how this phenomenon was recognised and established by combining different forms of expertise and experience that came from both within and without the social scientific fields. The resulting object of study might well be described as embedding a ‘civil or community ontology’, for the intersections of facts and values in these different knowledge communities was equally important in defining the content of that object of research.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2017 Duke University Press
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology > B4 - Economic Methodology > B40 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J7 - Labor Discrimination
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N30 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: General, International, or Comparative (Migration)
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Social Norms and Social Capital; Social Networks
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 14:21
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:45

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