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Variation in Gender Role Attitudes Across OECD Countries by Ms Mandy Boehnke Print
Date: 09 Oct 2008
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Venue: Sociology Seminar Room
AS1 #02-1
NUS (Kent Ridge Campus)
Organisers: A/P Vedi R. Hadiz

Jointly orgainsed by Asia Research Institute and Department of Sociology, NUS


Analyzing data from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), the presentation examines attitudes towards female employment in a comparative perspective, utilizing Hierarchical Linear Modelling. What are the factors that explain the differences in various parts of the OECD-world? Sociological studies in the field have tended to concentrate on structural aspects, e.g., the role of institutionalized family policy, whereas psychological studies have focused on personality attributes and stereotypes. Gender role attitudes, however, are shaped by both structural societal features as well as individual and socio-cultural factors. The presentation will explore different structural as well as individual-based hypotheses that explain cross-cultural variation in attitudes towards female employment. Models for men and women will be calculated separately, differences will be discussed. In general, the analyses show that on the structural level gender equality is a good predictor of attitudes favorable towards female employment, while on the individual level education and experience in the job market are.


Mandy Boehnke studied sociology, psychology, and economics at Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC) in Germany. She finished her studies with an MA-equivalent degree, the Diploma in sociology from TUC. After a six-month term as a university administrator at Jacobs University Bremen, she took up the position of a research associate at the Department of Sociology of the University of Bremen in a project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), dealing with the 'timing of parenthood', and additionally served as a lecturer in family sociology and social structure at the same department. She is pursuing her PhD on the job, currently being on maternal leave.


Series: Changing Family Cluster
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