Time for a change: women, work and gender equality in TV production

Susan Milner, Abigail Gregory

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Abstract

This article uses Acker’s concept of inequality regimes to analyze qualitative research findings on work-life balance and gender equality for women in British television production. Female survey respondents, focus group participants, and interviewees spoke of their subjective experience of gendered work practices which disadvantage women as women. These findings build on existing research showing gender disadvantage in the industry, leading to loss of human capital and a narrowing of the range of creative experience. They also show that growing numbers of women are seeking alternative modes of production, at a time of increased awareness of inequality. Such alternatives suggest that change is possible, although it is strongly constrained by organizational logics and subject to continued resistance, in line with Acker’s framework of analysis. Visibility of inequalities is the key to supporting change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-302
JournalMedia, Culture & Society
Volume44
Issue number2
Early online date1 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • gendered working practices
  • inequality regimes
  • maternal wall
  • organizational logic
  • television production
  • work-life balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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