Identity Politics at Work
Resisting Gender, Gendering Resistance
This book represents the coming together of two key debates within organization studies: theorizing on gender and ways of understanding resistance. These debates have been given renewed vigour with the 'postmodern turn' in organization studies and feminist theory. Fusing these two literatures together offers a far deeper understanding of the issues of power, subjectivity and agency.
Representing a growing interest in the contributions that feminist theorizing can offer to the study of organizations, this book focuses on issues of gender and resistance in organizations and, in particular, presents theorising which attends to the dualistic debate of compliance versus resistance to offer more generative understandings of reistance.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction, Robyn Thomas, Albert J.Mills, Jean Helms Mills; Part 1 Constructing selves; Chapter 2 Refusing to be ‘me’, Joanna Brewis; Chapter 3 Personal resistance through persistence to organizational resistance through distance, Jeff Hearn; Part 2 Resisting subjects in context; Chapter 4 Resistance to diversity initiatives, Penny Dick; Chapter 5 Gendering new managerialism, Kirstie S.Ball; Chapter 6 Gendered identities and micro-political resistance in public service organizations, Annette Davies, Robyn Thomas; Chapter 7 Reforming managerialism?, John Chandler, Jim Barry, Elisabeth Berg; Chapter 8 When plausibility fails, Albert J.Mills, Jean Helms Mills; Chapter 9 Resistance to organizational culture change, Deborah M.Shepherd, Judith K.Pringle; Part 3 Questioning the politics in micro-political resistance; Chapter 10 Webs of resistance in transnational call centres, Kiran Mirchandani; Chapter 11 The bearable lightness of being, Gillian Ursell;
Robyn Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK. Professor Albert J.Mills is Director of the PhD Management Programme at Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Jean Helms Mills is Associate Professor of Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada.