What is it about?
The study is about breaking down stereotypes from an occupational perspective. Does the label Nurse mean it has to be a woman? Are all Engineers and/ or Pilots men? Is cooking a woman's job? This study uses celebrity chefs to contribute to the discourse on cooking and the kitchen trade.
Why is it important?
The importance of the study is based upon its addition to the age long stereotype of "a woman's place is in the kitchen." The study breaks down barriers, extrapolates the glass escalator concept to a supposedly woman-dominated occupation, and unpacks life in the kitchen as a means to changing attitudes towards the sector - especially when it is below the threshold of the coveted Michelin Star.
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This page is a summary of: Sex in the kitchen: changing gender roles in a female-dominated occupation, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, January 2013, Inderscience Publishers, DOI: 10.1504/ijesb.2013.050754.
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The purpose of this paper is to provide a gender entrepreneurship slant to the revolving landscape in the ‘culinary underbelly’. The primary aim of this conceptual study is to extend the boundaries of the identified female-dominated occupations beyond the usual suspects – i.e., social work, nursing, elementary school teacher, etc., to the kitchen as the identity of chef life is brought into the discourse. While the study arguably heeds the call to explore occupational segregation in the light of gender and ethnicity, its main emphasis has been towards building upon prior studies on occupational sex-segregation rather than the ethnicity dimension, which was not explored in this study. While this might be a limitation, it does provide the right foundation for future research in the explored area. Keywords: Keywordschef identity, occupational segregation, gender entrepreneurship, male celebrity chefs, glass escalator
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