On the basis of risk: how screen executives' risk perceptions and practices drive gender inequality in directing

Coles, A. and Eikhof, D. R. (2021) On the basis of risk: how screen executives' risk perceptions and practices drive gender inequality in directing. Gender, Work and Organization, 28(6), pp. 2040-2057. (doi: 10.1111/gwao.12701)

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Abstract

This paper explores how gendered perceptions of risk drive gender inequality. It does so by applying an Intersectional Risk Theory (IRT) framework to new empirical data on gender equality initiatives in the Canadian screen industries. The paper shows (1) that gendered risk perceptions constrain women directors’ work opportunities; (2) that the construction of gendered risk perceptions (‘doing risk’) is shaped by the screen industry context and social inequalities generally; and (3) that practices of constructing risk perceptions can be disrupted and changed, which creates opportunities for a ‘re-doing’ or ‘un-doing’ of gendered perceptions of risk and offers new analytical perspectives onto the efficacy of gender equality initiatives. By interrogating how perceptions of risk inform decision-making the paper contributes new understandings of the drivers of systemic and intersectional inequality as a defining characteristic of work and labour markets in the screen industries, and in the creative industries more broadly.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Eikhof, Professor Doris Ruth
Authors: Coles, A., and Eikhof, D. R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Gender, Work and Organization
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0968-6673
ISSN (Online):1468-0432
Published Online:21 May 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Gender, Work and Organization 28(6): 2040-2057
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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