In the Company of Men:
Male Dominance and Sexual Harassment

James E. Gruber and Phoebe Morgan, eds.
Northeastern University Press, 2005
330 p.


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Table of Contents:

Part I: Men, Domination, and Sexual Harassment
Chapter 1: Just Men Out of Control? Criminology and the Likelihood to Sexually Harass
Chapter 2: Toward a Criminology of Sexual Harassment
Chapter 3: Fitting In: The Conflation of Firefighting, Male Domination, and Harassment
Chapter 4: Sexualization of Work Roles Among Men Miners: Structural and Gender-Based Origins of “Harazzment”
Chapter 5: Recognition Processes in Sexual Harassment, Bullying, and Violence at Work: The Move to Organization Violations
Chapter 6: The Sexual Harassment of Men: Articulating the Approach-Rejection Theory of Sexual Harassment
Chapter 7: The “Reasonable Woman” and Unreasonable Men: Gendered Discourses in Sexual Harassment Litigation

Part II: Dominance, Harassment, and Women
Chapter 8: The Impact of Male Domination on the Prevalence of Sexual Harassment: An Analysis of European Union Surveys
Chapter 9: Sexual Harassment and Violence Toward Policewomen in Finland
Chapter 10: A Missing Link: Institutional Homophobia and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military
Chapter 11: Blue-Collar Feminism: The Link Between Male Domination and Sexual Harassment
Chapter 12: The Architecture of Sexual Harassment
Chapter 13: The Nexus of Race and Gender Domination: Racialized Sexual Harassment of African American Women


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Despite over twenty years of discussion and study, sexual harassment remains a significant problem in the workplace. Current research focusing on organizational policy and women’s career development often ignores the reality of male dominance, prevalent in areas such as the military, the police, and firefighting-occupations that see not only more frequent but also more severe harassment, even sexual assault. Meanwhile, new evidence points to the fact that men are largely responsible not only for the harassment of women but for most harassment of other men as well.

This landmark collection of original essays investigates the links between male dominance and sexual harassment in light of new research and more complex understandings of masculinity. Treated not merely as a matter of worker sex ratios but as an inherent element of workplace culture, male dominance is observed from a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches ranging from criminology and sociology to psychology and gender studies. Integrating both men’s and women’s viewpoints, research across occupational groups, and studies from both the United States and Europe, the chapters provide an invaluable international perspective into two inextricably intertwined problems rooted in cultural constructions of gender and institutional roles and processes.


>> Contemporary Sociology: “[I]ncreasingly, researchers treat sexual harassment as a bureaucratic management problem unrelated to gender inequality in the larger society. This volume is intended as a corrective realignment, aiming to refocus researchers’ theoretical attention on male domination. In some ways, this project can be seen as an attempt to rehabilitate past conceptualizations of sexual harassment.”