Gender, Embodiment and Fluidity in Organization and Management: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gender, Embodiment and Fluidity in Organization and Management

1st Edition

Edited by Robert McMurray, Alison Pullen


136 pages

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Hardback: 9780367234065
pub: 2019-11-27
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This third volume in the Routledge Series on Women Writers in Organization Studies challenges us to think again about the implications of gender, embodiment and fluidity for organizing and managing. The themes of this book disrupt our understanding of dualisms between sex (men and women), gender (masculinity and femininity) and mind / body, and in so doing analyse the ways in which dominant power relations constitute heteronormativity throughout organizational history, thereby reinforcing mainstream management research and teaching. By centring the work of Women Writers, this book gives recognition to their thinking and praxis; each writer making political inroads into changing the lived experiences of those who have suffered discrimination, exclusion and marginalization as they consider the ways in which organizational knowledge has tended to privilege rather than problematize masculinity, fixity, control, normativity, violence and discrimination.

The themes and authors (Acker, de Beauvoir, Halberstam, Kosofsky-Sedgwick, Kristeva, Yourcenar) covered in this book are important precisely because they are not generally encountered in mainstream writing on management and organization studies. They are significant to the study and analysis of organizations because they demonstrate how our understanding of managing and organizing can be transformed when other voices/bodies/genders write on what it is work, live, lead and relate to self and others. All the writers turn to the ways in which individuals matter organizationally, acknowledging that lived experiences are a source of political and ethical practice.

Each Women Writer is introduced and analysed by experts in organization studies. Further reading and accessible resources are also identified for those interested in knowing more. This book will be relevant to students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in business and management, organizational studies, critical management studies, gender studies and sociology. Like all the books in this series, it will also be interest to anyone who wants to see, think and act differently.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Gender, Embodiment & Fluidity
    2. Robert McMurray & Alison Pullen

    3. Joan Acker: champion of feminist organization theory
    4. Yvonne Benschop

    5. When the shoe is on the Other foot: Simone de Beauvoir and Organization Theory
    6. Melissa Tyler & Philip Hancock

    7. Julia Kristeva: Speaking of the body to understand the language of organizations
    8. Marianna Fotaki

    9. Marguerite Yourcenar: Anticipating the (Queer) Body (in Organization Studies)
    10. Chris Steyaert

    11. Witnessing Eve: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    12. Saara L. Taalas

    13. J. Jack Halberstam
  1. Nick Rumens

About the Editors

Robert McMurray is Professor of Work and Organization at The York Management School, UK. Research interests include the organization of health care, professions, emotion labour, dirty work and visual methods. Other collaborative book projects include The Dark Side of Emotional Labour (2015) The Management of Wicked Problems in Health and Social Care (2018) and Urban Portraits (2017).

Alison Pullen is Professor of Management and Organization Studies at Macquarie University, Australia, and Editor in Chief of Gender, Work and Organization. Alison’s research has been concerned with analysing and intervening in the politics of work as it concerns gender discrimination, identity politics and organizational injustice.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Women Writers in Organization Studies

Given that women and men have always engaged in and thought about organizing, why is it that core management texts are dominated by the writing of men? This series redresses the neglect of women in organization thought and practice and highlights their contributions. Through a selection of carefully curated short-form books, it covers major themes such as structure, rationality, managing, leading, culture, power, ethics, diversity and sustainability; and also attends to contemporary debates surrounding performativity, the body, emotion, materiality and postcoloniality. Individually, each book provides stand-alone coverage of a key sub-area within organization studies, with a contextual series introduction written by the editors. Collectively, the titles in the series give a global overview of how women have shaped organizational thought.

Routledge Focus on Women Writers in Organization Studies will be relevant to students and researchers across business and management, organizational studies, critical management studies, gender studies and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies