By Supriti Bezbaruah
It could be unbelievable to assert that the realm should still glance to India as a version of gender equality. India’s banking region proves the exception, with a number of ladies attaining the top positions in India’s best banks, together with the country’s greatest bank.
Based on interviews and surveys of financial institution staff in India’s nationwide Capital area, this booklet seems at what lies in the back of the media rhetoric and offers a scientific research of styles of, and responses to, gender inequality within the banking quarter in India. The e-book uncovers how gender discrimination nonetheless persists within the banking region, albeit in covert kinds. via a comparability of nationalized, Indian deepest and overseas banks, the e-book demonstrates how the effect of legislation, neighborhood cultural norms and gendered office practices are mediated via assorted organizational kinds in those kinds of banks to create various reports of gender inequality.
The publication is without doubt one of the first books to supply an intensive, in-depth research of women’s employment within the Indian banking zone, at the moment an under-researched area.
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In the next chapter, I first provide a brief outline of the main developments in women’s employment, with a particular focus on banking. I move on to explain how the insights garnered from gender, work and organizational theories, in particular, the organizational practices embedded within the ‘ideal worker’ concept (Acker, 1990, 1992), can be used as a tool for analyzing the covert ways in which women are marginalized in the workplace. The second part of the chapter explores the implications of women’s employment for ‘empowerment’ and develops a framework for understanding how women claim their rights in the workplace.
Any analysis of gendered organizations, therefore, needs to be modified to recognize that the mechanisms through which gender inequalities are manifested can differ in different organizational contexts. This is especially pertinent to my research as I compare three different types of banks, with varying organizational structures – nationalized banks, foreign banks and Indian private banks. Throughout this book, I have taken heed of the calls of feminist scholars to avoid universalizing discourses and acknowledge the multiple diversities and complexities of women’s lived experiences (Kabeer, 2008; Mohanty, 1991).
Regardless of the composition of our ‘ideal’ sample of research participants, the selectivity of the respondent sample that we achieve in practice ultimately rests on our ability to gain access, something that is especially problematic for younger academics, whose lack of reputation and title, make it harder to get a foot in the door. (James, 2006: 298) The first problem with gaining access relates to the location of the research participants within offices or bank branches. Unlike research in more public spaces such as shopping areas, heavy security at offices or bank branches makes it less amenable to access.