Women architects and their discontents

Fowler, B. and Wilson, F.M. (2012) Women architects and their discontents. Architectural Theory Review, 17(2-3), pp. 199-215. (doi: 10.1080/13264826.2012.744149)

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The article investigates critically recent assumptions that professional women are en route to equality with professional men by assessing the field of architecture as a case study. It addresses the poorer completion rates for women architectural students, together with the lower proportions of professionally registered and promoted women architects. The article explores, in particular, Bourdieu's theories of gender divisions and higher professions as an explanatory grid for understanding these phenomena, deploying especially two late works, Masculine Domination (2001) and The State Nobility (1996). It is argued that the extended Bourdieusian theory of practice illuminates the interview data gathered from women architects, especially through its emphasis on a disposition to naturalise domination. While Bourdieu's position is not without weaknesses, this theory sheds light on the difficulties women practitioners are found to face empirically, especially in combining architecture and parenting.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:<p>Special Issue: Women, Practice, Architecture</p> <p>Keynote paper</p>
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Professor Fiona and Fowler, Professor Bridget
Authors: Fowler, B., and Wilson, F.M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Architectural Theory Review
ISSN (Online):1755-0475
Published Online:08 February 2013

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