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Experiences of being a Couple and Working by Shifts in the Mining Industry: Continuities

Version 1 : Received: 4 January 2021 / Approved: 5 January 2021 / Online: 5 January 2021 (17:12:44 CET)

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Segovia, J.S.; Pastor, P.Z.; Ravanal, E.C.; Segovia-Chinga, T. Experiences of Being a Couple and Working in Shifts in the Mining Industry: Advances and Continuities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2027. Segovia, J.S.; Pastor, P.Z.; Ravanal, E.C.; Segovia-Chinga, T. Experiences of Being a Couple and Working in Shifts in the Mining Industry: Advances and Continuities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2027.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2027
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18042027

Abstract

This study seeks to understand, from a gender perspective, the experiences of mining couples in Antofagasta, Chile, especially the negotiation between their intimate lives and the absences of their partners due to the shift work modality. We analyzed testimonies from men and women living in Antofagasta, considered one of the three largest mining regions in the world. Among the main findings, power relations based on the hegemonic gender model supported by the sexual division of labor are identified, which persist in this mining area, despite progress in equity issues in Chile. We propose that, although there are differences between the discourses of men and women and their subjective positioning, both actively collaborate with the reproduction of social gender relations marked by male domination. We observe that this way of living as a couple is associated with the organization of mining work, which is central to the reproduction of the gender order with a hetero-patriarchal tone.

Subject Areas

couple; shift work; gender; Chile

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