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And … action?: gender, knowledge and inequalities in the UK screen industries

Ruth Eikhof, Doris; Newsinger, Jack; Luchinskaya, Daria; Rudloff, Daniela


Doris Ruth Eikhof

Jack Newsinger

Daria Luchinskaya

Daniela Rudloff


This article explores how a knowledge ecology framework can help us better understand the production of gender knowledge, especially in relation to improving gender equality. Drawing on Law et al. (2011), it analyses what knowledge of gender inequality is made visible and actionable in the case of the UK screen sector. We, firstly, show (1) that the gender knowledge production for the UK screen sector operated with reductionist understandings of gender and gender inequality, and presented gender inequality as something that needed evidencing rather than changing, and (2) that gender knowledge was circulated in two relatively distinct circuits, a policy- and practice-facing one focused on workforce statistics and a more heterogeneous and critical academic one. We then discuss which aspects of gender inequality in the UK screen industry remained invisible and thus less actionable. The article concludes with a critical appreciation of how the knowledge ecology framework might help better understand gender knowledge production, in relation to social change in the UK screen sector and beyond.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019-06
Print ISSN 0968-6673
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 6
Pages 840-859
Institution Citation Ruth Eikhof, D., Newsinger, J., Luchinskaya, D., & Rudloff, D. (2019). And … action?: gender, knowledge and inequalities in the UK screen industries. Gender, Work and Organization, 26(6), 840-859. doi:10.1111/gwao.12318
Keywords screen industries, gender, knowledge production, creative industries, double social life of method
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Additional Information "This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.w.../10.1111/gwao.12318This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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