[* Japanese summary] [* 1995 SSM Research Series] [Tanaka S.]

Dynamics of Occupational Segregation and the Sexual Division of Labor

a consequence of feminization of white-collar work
TANAKA Sigeto (tsigeto(AT)nik.sal.tohoku.ac.jp)
Yoshimichi Sato (ed.), 1998, 1995 SSM Tyousa Sirizu 3: Syakai-idou to kyaria-bunseki (1995 SSM Research Series 3: Social Mobility and Career Analysis) 1995 SSM Research Group (c/o Seiyama Kazuo, Department of Sociology, University of Tokyo): pp. 85-122.

Full-Text (offprint revision 3 - PDF 1.0)

This offprint, typed on A4 size papers, is designed for a scale-down printing on B5 size papers. Some errors found in the original paper were corrected (see the first page). Re-distribution in any form without the author's permission is forbidden. A book-form offprint of the paper is available through direct correspondence with the author.


The first half of this paper examines the relationship between women's status and their continuity rate of full-time employment (CRFE). It is found that CRFE is independent of women's status in occupational structure, both longitudinally and cross-sectionally, even if the change in the composition of households' members is considered. The second half explains this finding with the aid of previous qualitative research. Everyday interaction in the white-collar workplace is more gendered than in blue-collar's, because female and male white-collar workers often work together. The feminization of white-collar work has caused sexism in the workplace and has had a negative effect on CRFE, along with the positive effect of upgrading women's occupational status.

Key words: day-to-day segregation, marriage bar, case study, social change, gender


1. The Accepted Theory

2. Trends

3. Good Jobs and Low Continuity

4. The Hidden Mechanism of Patriarchy

5. Testing the Turnover Hypothesis

6. Sexism and Segregation in the Workplace

7. Conclusion


1995 SSM Reaserch Series (Japanese only)
SSM Survey

TANAKA Sigeto (tsigeto(AT)nik.sal.tohoku.ac.jp)

Created: 1998-03-31. Updated: 2002-04-01.