Kate Huppatz discusses her research on Gender and Social Class

Kate Huppatz discusses her research on Gender and Social Class


I mostly focus on Gender and Social Class
the relationship between those two factors and I have mostly focused on the
labor market but also the Labor that takes place in the home and on mothering
practices. My PhD Research focused in on ‘Caring Work’ what’s labeled as
‘Caring Labor’ so I looked at Nursing and Social Work in particular. I was
really interested in what motivated women to pursue those types of jobs so I
looked at their common histories, backgrounds and what it is about the job
that really draws them to it so the kind of meanings associated with that type of
work. I interviewed women about their experience and found there to still be
discrimination that takes place but there’s also symbolic factors at play. The types
of meanings that are associated with caring types of Labor, push women toward that
type of job. They associate caring with feminitity in certain ways. So that led me to theorise women’s choices in terms of Bourgius’ Theory of Capital. so I used Bourgius to understand the way
that gender my work as an asset and detriment in women’s careers, career trajectories. I
teach a unit which is called ‘Families and Intimate life’ I also teach a unit called ‘Identity and Belonging’
in which we look at how identities and communities have formed around Social
Class, the Economy and genuine sexuality so what I’ve done in the field, directly informs
what it is that I teach in those areas.