Getting in, getting on, getting out? Women as career scramblers in the UK film and television industries

Wing Fai Leung, Rosalind Gill, K.R. Randle

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Abstract

This paper looks at the predominance of freelancing in the film and television industries as a lens to examine the persistence of gender inequalities within these fields. Previous research has indicated that women fare better in larger organisations with more stable patterns of employment, and in this paper we explore why that might be the case, by focusing on the experiences of female freelancers at a moment when project-based, precarious work and informal recruitment practices are increasing in the UK film and television sector. We highlight in particular the ways in which gender inequality is mediated by age and parental status, and the impact of intersectional identities on women’s ability to sustain a career in film and television.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-65
Number of pages15
JournalSociological Review
Volume63
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Keywords

  • freelancing, film, television, informality, parenting

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