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Robert Martin Blackburn

Summary

Bob Blackburn is Emeritus Reader in Sociology and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University. He was the original Director of the Social Science Research Group and now serves as Treasurer. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, and serves on the Academy Council. He has served on the Executive Committee of the British Sociological Association, and on the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society.

He graduated in maths and philosophy at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and received a PhD in social science at Liverpool University.. At Liverpool he taught sociology, research methods and social philosophy before moving to Cambridge as Head of Sociological Research in the Department of Applied Economics and subsequently joining the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (now HSPS). He was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, and taught a graduate course on the work of his research group at Getulio Vargas, Sao Paolo. He has written extensively on social inequality, particularly social stratification, gender and ethnicity, and on work.

Brief CV

Education

1951      Open Scholarship, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
1953      BA Part I Mathematics (Tripos Prize)
1955      BA Part II Moral Sciences
1959      Certificate of Industrial Administration, University of Aston
1965      PhD Liverpool, in Social Science
1966      MA Cambridge

Visiting Professorships

1988      E.F.F. Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Alberta, Canada.
1993      Professor, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Sao Paolo. Brazil.
1996      Programme Visitor, Research School of the Social Sciences, Canberra, Australia. 

Special Appointments

1972          Nuffield Foundation Social Science Fellow, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
1984-85  Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences                    (N.I.A.S.), Wassenaar, Netherlands.
1992-95    Consultant to the I.L.O.
1994          Consultant to United Nations on gender and employment.
1999          Consultant to United Nations on gender inequality and occupational segregation.
2001          Elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences
2002          Consultant to EC on Measuring Gender Segregation
2002          Member, Committee of Academicians of the Academy for the Social Sciences
2003          Member, Council of the Academy for the Social Sciences          

Publications

Books

Union Character and Social Class, London: Batsford, 1967.

Perceptions of Work: Variations within a Factory, (Cambridge  Studies in Sociology), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972. Section on trade unionism reproduced in J. Siltanen and M. Stanworth (eds), Women and the Public Sphere, Hutchinson, 1984. (with H. Beynon)

The Working Class in the Labour Market (Cambridge Studies in Sociology), London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1979. Italian edition, L'illusione della Scelta, Rosenberg and Sellier, 1983.

Extracts in P. Braham, E. Rhodes and M. Pearn (eds), Discrimination and Disadvantage in Employment, London: Harper and Row, 1981. (with M. Mann)

Social Stratification and Occupations (Cambridge Studies in Sociology), London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1980. Ch. 8 'Mobility Within and Between Occupations' reproduced in J. Holmwood (ed), Social Stratification Vol. 2, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1996. (with A. Stewart and K. Prandy)

White-Collar Work, (Cambridge Studies in Sociology), London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1982. (with K. Prandy and A. Stewart)

White-Collar Unionism, (Cambridge Studies in Sociology), London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1983. (with K. Prandy and A. Stewart)

Gender Inequality in  the Labour Market: Occupational Concentration and Segregation,Geneva: International Labour Organisation, 1995.

Sections reproduced in Singapore Manpower Research and Statistics Department, Occupation Segregation: A Gender Perspective, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore, 2000. (with J. Siltanen and J. Jarman)

Edited Collections

Inequalities in Employment: Inequalities in Home-Life, Cambridge: SRG Publications, 1993. (with G. A. Dunne and J. Jarman)

Social Inequality in a Changing World, Cambridge: SRG Publications, 1994.

Understanding Social Inequality, special edition of International Journal of Sociology and   Social Policy, December, 1999.

Work and Social Stratification, special edition of International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 5/6, June,2008.

Other Main Publications Since 1990

Special Reports

Gender Inequality in  the Labour Market: Occupational Concentration and Segregation, Report to the International Labour Organisation, published as ILO Paper, Geneva:  1992. (with J. Siltanen and J. Jarman)

'Gender in the Labour Market: Occupational Concentration and Segregation', Report prepared for the United Nations, July 1994. Included in UN, The World’s Women 1995: Trends and Statistics*, New York: 1995. (with J Jarman and J Siltanen)

‘The Gendering of Work Around the World: Occupational Gender  Segregation and Inequality’, Report to the United Nations, Dec. 1999, pp 1-67.
Included in UN, The World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics*, New York: 2000; (with J.Jarman)

Vertical Occupational Segregation, Report to the Women in Science Unit, European Commission, Brussels, 2002. (With Prof. J. Jarman)

Articles and Chapters

'Education and Social Class:  Revisiting the 1944 Education Act with Fixed Marginals', British Journal of Sociology, 43.4, pp. 507-536, 1991. Available electronically in JSTOR (with C. Marsh)

'The Analysis of Occupational Gender Segregation Over Time and Place: Considerations of Measurement and Some New Evidence', Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 335-362, Sept. 1993. Reproduced in J. Holmwood (ed) Social Stratification Vol. 3, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1996. (with J. Jarman and J. Siltanen)

'Changing Inequalities in Access to British Universities', Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 19. No. 2, pp. 197-215, 1993. (with J. Jarman)

'Measuring Occupational Gender Segregation: A Reply to Lampard’ Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 413-419, Sept. 1994. (with J Jarman and J Siltanen)

'Measuring Occupational Gender Segregation: a Reply to Watts', Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 433-438, Sept. 1994. (with J Jarman and J Siltanen)

'The Measurement of Occupational Gender Segregation: Current Problems and a New Approach', Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 158, pp. 319-331, 1995. (with J. Siltanen and J. Jarman)

'The Measurement of Occupational Gender Segregation: Correcting Some Misunderstandings', Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 160, 1997. (with J. Siltanen and J. Jarman)

'Putting Men and Women Into Classes: But Is That Where They Belong?  A Comment on Evans', Sociology, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 143-152, 1997. (with K. Prandy)

'Occupational Gender Segregation', Social Research Update, 16, Spring 1997. (with J. Jarman)
Also available at http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/sru/SRU16/SRU16.html

'The Reproduction of Social Inequality’, Sociology, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 491-509, August 1997. (with K. Prandy)

‘A New System of Classes: But What Are They and Do We Need Them?’, Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 735-41, December 1998. (Awarded ANBAR Citation of Excellence)

‘Gender Differences at Work: International Variations in Occupational Segregation’, Sociological Research Online, Vol. 4, Issue 1, March, 1999. (with J Jarman, B Brooks and E Dermott)
http://www.socresonline.org.uk/socresonline/

‘Is Housework Unpaid Work?’,  International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol 19, 7/8, pp. 1-20, 1999.

‘Understanding Social Inequality’, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol 19, No. 9/10/11, pp. 1-23, Dec. 1999.

‘The Puzzle of Gender Segregation and Inequality: A Cross-National Analysis’, European Sociological Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 119-135, June 2000. (with J. Jarman and B. Brooks)

‘The Vertical Dimension of Occupational Segregation’, Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 511-538, September 2001. (with B. Brooks and J. Jarman)

‘Explaining Gender Segregation’, British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 53, No.4, pp. 513-536, December 2002. (with J. Browne, B. Brooks and J. Jarman)

‘Occupational Gender Segregation in Canada, 1981-1996: Overall, Vertical and Horizontal Segregation.’, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 42.2, May 2003. (with B. Brooks and J. Jarman)

‘Segregation and Inequality’, in European Commission, 25th CEIES Seminar - Gender       statistics - Occupational segregation: extent, causes and consequences, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2004. (With J. Jarman)
Also GeNet 2005-3, http://www.genet.ac.uk/workingpapers/wpindex.htm.2005.

‘Gendered Occupations: Exploring the Relationship between Gender Segregation and Inequality’, International Sociology, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 289-315, March 2006. (With J. Jarman)
An earlier version appeared as GeNet 2005-5, http://www.genet.ac.uk/workingpapers/wpindex.html

‘What is Social Inequality’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 28.7/8, 2008 (Awarded Literati Network Highly Commended Award for Excellence)

  • Position: Emeritus Reader in Sociology
  • E-mail: rmb1@cam.ac.uk
  • Tel: 01223 765903
  • Tel: 01954 210495
  • Fax: 01223 334550
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Research Interests: Social inequality and the sociology of work. In relation to social inequality my prime interests are Stratification, gender and ethnicity. My current research on occupational gender segregation combines gender, stratification and work.