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Social construction of skill

Parent term: Skills

Social construction of skill theory maintains that beliefs about skill and the job hierarchies are operationalised through institutions such as industrial relations arrangements and requirements for qualifications. Feminist literature extends this labour process approach, arguing that 'male' jobs have gained the reputation of being skilled at the expense of 'female' jobs. In social construction theory, the proxy measures and the positivist/technicist approaches described above are themselves regarded as products of social construction.
Source: Smith 2015, Australia
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