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A Work Force Under Siege: A Gendered Perspective On Women In Military Service

Author: MEREDITH A. NEWMAN
Published in PAM, Vol. 4 No. 3

The workplace is increasingly becoming a hostile environment for
many employees. To date, the focus of much of the research on this issue has
been on occupational violent crime (OVC). This essay looks beneath the
veneer of OVC to an examination of the gendered nature of much of this
violence. Using a conceptual framework of a continuum of violence (from
incivility -- to sexual harassment and sexual abuse -- to fatal violence),
Newman demonstrates the hazards for women at work. She develops and
illustrates her arguments by reference to women in the military, with its
quintessential male-dominated organizational culture and structure. She
concludes that the dynamics of gender power are central to a better
understanding of violence at work.

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