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Works on the greater joint participation in traditionally male or female professions now occupy a prominent role in the field of sociology. In this area, sports coaching jobs are particularly relevant, as the sports world can be broadly considered, even today, as a “fiefdom of virility.” The French job of "sports technical advisors" (STA) appears particularly exemplary. Based on interviews with 33 men and women STAs, this paper attempts to compare their respective work conditions and the way they view their professional ethos and associated constraints. This, to specifically analyze the relationship between work and the organization of family life. While women STAs do not seem to be encountering resistance from their male counterparts, all indications are, nevertheless, that they are forced to exclude themselves from the most prestigious assignments, or even to start a new career, to achieve the balance between a profession that is their passion and their marriage and family life. Conversely, this type of arbitration is less pronounced in men, although several elements suggest, among the younger generation, a strong inclination to better balance work and family life.


  • profession
  • professional mixity
  • sexual division of work
  • professional ethos
  • social times
  • work-family strain
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