1st Edition

Bodies, Symbols and Organizational Practice The Gendered Dynamics of Power

Edited By Agnes Bolsø, Stine Svendsen, Siri Sørensen Copyright 2018
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    Despite all the efforts to promote change, power and authority still seem to be permanently associated with the white, the straight and the masculine, both symbolically and in the everyday world of organizations.

    As the intricate relationship between the symbolic and the everyday remains under-researched, this anthology proposes a transdisciplinary feminist perspective drawing on the humanities in order to explore the complex nature of the gendered politics of organizations. Indeed, analyzing how images, narratives, symbols and bodies are all part of how power and gender are constructed in organizations through a broad and international range of empirical studies, Bodies, Symbols and Organizational Practice explores issues at the interstices of the humanities and social sciences, combining theoretical and analytical perspectives from both areas.

    Providing a radical analysis of the gendered dynamics of power as well as petitioning for radical intervention into those dynamics, this timely volume will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as: Organization and Management Studies, Gender studies, Feminist theory and Sociology of Work & Industry.


    Transdisciplinary Interventions

    Agnes Boslø

    Stine Helena Bang Svendsen

    Siri Øyslebø Sørensen


    Representations of women dressed for power

    Agnes Bolsø

    Wencke Mühleisen


    Face of Finance

    Anne Gjelsvik


    Beautiful soldiers: Depicting a Gender Inclusive Army

    Stine Helena Bang Svendsen


    Beyond fashion’s alluring surface:
    Connecting the fashion image
    and the lived realities of women workers in the fashion industry

    Louise Wallenberg

    Torkild Thanem


    Women at sea: sexual disorder and discipline

    Agnes Bolsø

    Lise Langåker

    Wencke Mühleisen


    The Genesis of Leaders: Women in the Petroleum Industry

    Marit Aure


    Making sense of downsizing: exploring masculinities in the Norwegian oil industry

    Maria Dockweiler

    Øystein Gullvåg Holter

    Lotta Snickare


    When office life becomes life – a study of investment banking

    Lotta Snickare

    Øystein Gullvåg Holter


    Women to the rescue? Gender, power and idealism in the third sector

    Siri Øyslebø Sørensen


    A leadership ethics of sexual difference?

    Alison Pullen

    Sheena J. Vachhani


    Organizational Scenarios for Human Evolution

    Agnes Bolsø

    Wencke Mühleisen


    Gender, Power and Feminist Resistance

    Lynne Segal

    Epilogue: Residues from the past and emerging structures of feeling



    Agnes Bolsø is a Professor within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

    Stine H. Bang Svendsen is Associate Professor of Pedagogy at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

    Siri Øyslebø Sørensen is a researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

    This highly original book takes its readers on a journey well beyond the narrow confines of the social scientific domination of work and organization studies, providing a dazzling series of insights into what the world of the humanities has to offer. With its heady mix of empirical richness and theoretical exploration, it is an inspiring read for anyone with an interest in the gendered politics of organizational images, narratives, symbols, and embodied ways of being. One of the book’s many strengths is its appeal for radical, theoretically-informed intervention into the gendered dynamics of organisational power relations. Written by challenging and original thinkers, the whole collection opens up the ways in which we write and think about organizational aesthetics, cultures and power that is both theoretically sophisticated and conceptually ground-breaking. The book deals head-on with the question of how we are to understand, and address, persistent forms of aesthetic and embodied inequalities as these are lived and experienced in a wide range of organizational contexts, and through a whole host of practices, including those that perpetuate aesthetic discrimination and embodied oppression, often whilst purporting to do precisely the opposite. Professor Melissa Tyler, Essex Business School, University of Essex

    This very timely book covers a diverse range of topics, industries and approaches to develop understanding gendered/gendering bodies as symbols of organizational practices. Like all good feminist work the book is avowedly political: one of its aims is to ‘forestall women’s complicity with a neoliberal climate that is so harmful for the majority of women’. But it does far more than this. Each chapter contains a particularly valuable, thought-provoking or mind-expanding nugget that insists on worming its way into one’s thought-processes and writing. The chapters exemplify the advantages of social scientists and colleagues from the Arts