Ignazia Bartholini

Gender relations and forms of symbolic domain. The case of the social work profession

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The article highlights how the cultural models currently prevalent in some professional contexts in Italy – such as that of social workers – are still influenced by «male domination» (Bourdieu 1998). It develops a gender segregation that reproduces inequalities and asymmetries also in professional contexts traditionally female and imposes professional models based on «gender neutrality», which for the most part disregard relational and communicative skills fundamental in the care professions.


  • Gender Neutrality
  • Male Domination
  • Gender Skills
  • Gender Segregation
  • Social Work


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