Striking A Balance: Female Correctional Officers, Gender Role Stereotypes, and Male Prisons

Nancy Jurik

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Abstract

This paper examines the strategies developed by female correctional officers to circumvent interactional and organizational barriers to advancement in the traditionally‐male work organization of the men's prison. Data for the analysis are drawn from interviews with female officers and other staff in a state department of corrections located in the western United States. In a dramaturgical‐like fashion, female officers seeking to advance must moderate–strike a balance–between a series of countervailing negative sex role stereotypes. However, regardless of their success in presenting a “balanced” image at work, female officers experienced stress from their responsibility of accommodating to this predominantly male work environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-305
Number of pages15
JournalSociological Inquiry
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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