Going underground in South African platinum mines to explore women miners’ experiences

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10546/620372
Title:
Going underground in South African platinum mines to explore women miners’ experiences
Author(s):
Benya, Asanda
Editor(s):
Sweetman, Caroline
Publisher(s):
Oxfam GB; Routledge
Journal:
Gender & Development
Publication date:
9-Nov-2017
Document link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10546/620372
DOI:
10.1080/13552074.2017.1379775
Document type:
Journal article
Description:
Women have worked underground in South African mines since 2003. Their inclusion has been lauded by some as a step in the right direction – that is, towards gender equality in employment, as well as challenging gender stereotypes about work and women’s abilities. This dominant narrative, however, fails to acknowledge and address the challenges faced by women in mining. Using participant observation, living and working alongside women miners over the course of a year, I explored these challenges, and analysed their implications. I argue that if the mining sector wants to fully include women in mining, it needs to go beyond using quotas to achieve gender parity in numbers of women and men workers. While access to these jobs is important, retention depends on addressing the masculine culture which is deeply embedded in mining, making this a very challenging environment for women workers <p>This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the <a href="http://www.genderanddevelopment.org">Gender and Development</a> website.</p>
Pages:
13
Subject:
Gender; Natural resources
Keywords:
Women in mining; Mining Charter; Masculine culture; Transformation in mining; Mining occupational culture; Gender and Development Journal; GaD
Country:
South Africa
Status:
For public use – can be shared outside Oxfam
ISSN:
1355-2074
EISSN:
1364-9221
Appears in Collections:
Journal articles

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBenya, Asandaen
dc.contributor.editorSweetman, Carolineen
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-01T16:08:14Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-01T16:08:14Z-
dc.date.issued2017-11-09-
dc.identifier.issn1355-2074-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13552074.2017.1379775-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10546/620372en
dc.descriptionWomen have worked underground in South African mines since 2003. Their inclusion has been lauded by some as a step in the right direction – that is, towards gender equality in employment, as well as challenging gender stereotypes about work and women’s abilities. This dominant narrative, however, fails to acknowledge and address the challenges faced by women in mining. Using participant observation, living and working alongside women miners over the course of a year, I explored these challenges, and analysed their implications. I argue that if the mining sector wants to fully include women in mining, it needs to go beyond using quotas to achieve gender parity in numbers of women and men workers. While access to these jobs is important, retention depends on addressing the masculine culture which is deeply embedded in mining, making this a very challenging environment for women workers <p>This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the <a href="http://www.genderanddevelopment.org">Gender and Development</a> website.</p>en
dc.format.extent13en
dc.publisherOxfam GBen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/going-underground-in-south-african-platinum-mines-to-explore-women-miners-exper-620372-
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectNatural resourcesen
dc.titleGoing underground in South African platinum mines to explore women miners’ experiencesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1364-9221-
dc.identifier.journalGender & Developmenten
oxfam.signoff.statusFor public use – can be shared outside Oxfamen
oxfam.signoff.processSigned off by Caroline Sweetman, Gender & Development Editoren
oxfam.subject.countrySouth Africaen
oxfam.subject.keywordWomen in mining-
oxfam.subject.keywordMining Charter-
oxfam.subject.keywordMasculine culture-
oxfam.subject.keywordTransformation in mining-
oxfam.subject.keywordMining occupational culture-
oxfam.subject.keywordGender and Development Journal-
oxfam.subject.keywordGaD-
prism.issuenameNatural Resource Justiceen
prism.number3en
prism.volume25en
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