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Volume 51, Supplement 1

  • The Household Employees Union in Rio : A vantage point for observing changes in domestic service workers’ employment in Brazil - D. Vidal

    Dominique Vidal
    Université Paris-Diderot–Paris-7, URMIS, Paris, France
    Available online 23 February 2009 on ScienceDirect
    Studying the policies implemented by the Household Employees Union in Rio de Janeiro shows that when new social rights are extended to domestic service workers, it gives them a new sense of justice, leading to a growing number of lawsuits against employers. However, given the role it is made to play in the Brazilian legal system, the Union’s position is ambivalent. Light is shed on the strained relationships between the (...)

  • The professional fate of woman engineers in the computer sciences : Unexpected reversals - H. Stevens

    Hélène Stevens
    Centre de sociologie du travail, de l’emploi et de la formation, université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 124, 44, avenue Jeanne, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
    Laboratoire Printemps, université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 47, boulevard Vauban, 78047 Guyancourt, France
    Available online 23 April 2009 on ScienceDirect
    In the late 1970s, major changes in techniques and the job structure paved the way for women engineers to enter the French computer industry. At the time, propitious working conditions and career management policies (...)

  • A profession in process : The atypical rise of women to the high rank of Police “Commissaire” in France - G. Pruvost

    Geneviève Pruvost
    Centre de recherche sociologique sur le droit et les institutions pénales (CESDIP), immeuble Edison, 43, boulevard Vauban, 78280 Guyancourt, France
    Available online 23 February 2009 on ScienceDirect
    There are more women at the top of the hierarchy than in the lower ranks of the French Police, and it is easier for them to enter the “virile brigades” as officers than as rank and file. Besides, there are no great differences between male and female “commissaires” as to career opportunities. Those two original features can only be (...)

  • Because the market says so. Brokers and managers in the electricity industry - D. Lorrain

    Dominique Lorrain
    Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux (CEMS), CNRS–EHESS, 54, boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
    Available online 23 February 2009 on ScienceDirect
    The role played in the electricity industry by the finance industry has received too little attention in research on the liberalization of technical networks. Three arguments are brought forward. First of all, despite any rational argumentation, these intermediaries must be seen as ordinary actors with their interests, constraints and cognitive limits. Secondly, they have (...)

  • Regulation and competition among schools in six European localities - C. Maroy, A. van Zanten

    Christian Maroy
    Girsef and Anthropology and Sociology Unit, University of Louvain, 1, place Montesquieu, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
    Agnès van Zanten
    Sociological Observatory of Change, Sciences Po Paris, CNRS, 27, rue Saint-Guillaume, 75337 Paris cedex 07, France
    Available online 12 May 2009 on ScienceDirect
    According to this analysis of the dynamics of competition in six school zones in Europe (Charleroi, Budapest, Lisbon, London, Lille and the Paris area), secondary schools pursue “logics of action” that are shaped by an interdependence (...)