Gender Patriarchy Ireland Social structure Inequality
Economic & Social Research Institute
O'Connor, Pat. 'Ireland: a man’s world?'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, January, 2000, pp. 81-102, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
This article starts from the position that gender is crucial in understanding Irish society. Using Connell’s concept of the patriarchal dividend, and drawing on a variety of relevant literature, it explores its existence in the area of paid employment, the family and the state. It suggests that although such privileging is perceived as being under pressure, it is embedded in the practises and processes of state organisations. It concludes by suggesting that although such structures can appear inevitable, they ultimately reflect the choices of powerful men, and hence are amenable to change.
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