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Taking a Step Back? Expatriation Consequences on Women in Dual-Career Couples in the Gulf

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, UK
Received: 21 May 2021 / Revised: 8 June 2021 / Accepted: 15 June 2021 / Published: 21 June 2021
This article develops our understanding of how host country contextual features affect the career coordination strategies of dual-career couples (DCCs) from the perspective of expatriate women. The lived experiences of nine women expatriates in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were explored through in-depth interviews. The findings challenge our understanding of the coordinated career strategies of DCCs by suggesting that sociocultural features of the host country context can hamper egalitarian career strategies such that they become hierarchical and subsequently negatively impact women expatriates’ career capital. Not only are women’s careers hampered while in the GCC, but the contextual setting has a long-term adverse effect on women’s career capital. The main results from this study suggest that sociocultural features of the host country setting, such as the inability to access professional networks due to gendered segregation, prevent women’s careers from being prioritised and force a ‘tipping point’, creating a lag in women’s careers and negatively impacting their career capital. View Full-Text
Keywords: career capital; career coordination strategy; dual-career couples; expatriates; gender; global mobility; Gulf Cooperation Council career capital; career coordination strategy; dual-career couples; expatriates; gender; global mobility; Gulf Cooperation Council
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Ridgway, M. Taking a Step Back? Expatriation Consequences on Women in Dual-Career Couples in the Gulf. Merits 2021, 1, 47-60. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/merits1010006

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Ridgway M. Taking a Step Back? Expatriation Consequences on Women in Dual-Career Couples in the Gulf. Merits. 2021; 1(1):47-60. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/merits1010006

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Ridgway, Maranda. 2021. "Taking a Step Back? Expatriation Consequences on Women in Dual-Career Couples in the Gulf" Merits 1, no. 1: 47-60. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/merits1010006

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