A cross-cultural comparative analysis of sex equality in the financial services sector in Turkey and Britain

Özbilgin, Mustafa Fatih (1998) A cross-cultural comparative analysis of sex equality in the financial services sector in Turkey and Britain. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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This thesis addresses issues of sex equality in the financial services sector in Britain and Turkey, incorporating a critique of the well-established theories of sex segregation in the labour force, the labour market and the organisation. The concepts of 'belonging' and 'otherness' are utilised to explain the problems of representation in the labour force. Sex segregation in the labour market is analysed using the occupational closure framework which elaborates gendered strategies of inclusion. exclusion. demarcation and dual closure. At the organisational level, the implications of different ideologies of sex equality will be studied, with a specific focus on transforn1ational change ideology. The field study for this project was carried out with male and female staff working in the financial sector in both countries. Two main types of data were collected: primary data gathered through interviews and questionnaires, supplemented by field notes: and secondary data provided by the readily available published material such as international. national and organisational surveys, and company publications. The Turkish survey generated 312 completed questionnaires and 21 taped interviews with staff employed in the sector. The British survey, which presented greater difficulties in securing access. eventually yielded 50 completed questionnaires and 25 taped interviews. The analysis of the findings revealed certain cross-cultural differences in the gendered norms of 'belonging' and 'otherness', in the gendered strategies of occupational closure and in organisational approaches to redressing issues of sex equality. However, despite these differences, common patterns of disadvantage based on gender were apparent for staff working in the financial services sector in both societies.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Additional Information: A print copy of this this is available for reference use only. PhD submitted to the University of Bristol through Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education which later became the University of Gloucestershire
Uncontrolled Keywords: Financial sector, Turkey; Financial Sector Britain; Employment, Sex equality
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5549 Personnel management. Employment management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education & Humanities
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 17:22
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 11:31
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10668

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