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    Social dominance, hyper-masculinity and career barriers in Nigeria

    Adisa, T.A. and Mordi, C. and Simpson, R. and Iwowo, Vanessa (2021) Social dominance, hyper-masculinity and career barriers in Nigeria. Gender, Work & Organization 28 (1), pp. 175-194. ISSN 0968-6673.

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    Drawing on social dominance theory as a theoretical lens and based on a qualitative study of female managers and supervisors at different levels of the organization, we investigate the barriers women in Nigeria face in their careers. In their accounts of discrimination, corruption, familial/domestic responsibilities, cultural perceptions of gender, and ingrained religious beliefs, participants draw attention to the intense difficulties they face in their careers. We highlight the significance of context and argue that Nigeria is notable for an extreme attitude of male preference at work involving an intensification of career barriers that reflects the entrenched and systemic nature of male dominance in Nigerian organizations. We capture this in the concept of the “hypermasculine organization,” which is characterized by exaggerated male advantage, a tendency towards gender‐based exploitation and abuse together with a justificatory logic based on rigidly enforced gender roles. These debilitating factors affecting women in organizations have potential implications for other countries in the global south.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Vanessa Iwowo
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2021 11:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:07


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