Discrimination of Women in Construction: An Activity Theory Perspective

Australian Society for Commerce Industry and Engineering
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Conference Proceeding
Australian Journal of Commerce Research, 2014, 4 (1), pp. 17 - 23 (7)
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The participation of females in the general workforce is increasing in Australia however the ongoing level in the construction industry, and in particular in positions other than in administrative roles, remains relatively low. Discrimination against women working in the construction industry has been identified as a key contributor to a negative view of the industry and serves as a deterrent to females considering a career in building. The introduction of legislation such as the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012) and the establishment of institutional support groups such as the Nation Women in Construction (NAWIC) are aimed at improving female work equity. Taking into consideration the relatively low participation rate of female workers in the construction industry despite various support mechanisms for gender equality, this paper develops a pilot study reviewing the manifestation of discrimination in the construction industry from the point of view of construction site workers. An interpretive case study was developed using Activity Theory to underpin the research findings.
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