14 December 2010
Women on the line
Professor Peter Fairbrother; Dr Cathy Brigden; Professor Margaret Gardner AO, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President; Professor Miriam Glucksmann; and Professor George Cairns, Head of the School of Management.
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RMIT University held a seminar to discuss global changes to the world of women’s work.
Professor Miriam Glucksmann, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, spoke about her pioneering ethnographic study of the world of work in a British motor components factory.
First published in 1982 under the pseudonym Ruth Cavendish and republished in 2009 under her real name, Women on the Line is a vivid account based on Professor Glucksmann’s participant observations and experiences as a factory worker.
During the seminar she revisited her experiences and reflected on the economic, political and social changes that have shaped the global world of women’s work and the study of work and gender since she worked “on the line”.
Professor Glucksmann has longstanding interests in work, employment and gender, especially the effects of restructuring, and connections between different forms of labour.
She is currently embarking on a three-year comparative international research program on “Consumption Work and Societal Divisions of Labour”, funded by the European Research Council.
The seminar was organised by the Women + Work Research Cluster, in the Centre of Governance, Work and Technologies.