1st Edition

Postcolonial Feminism in Management and Organization Studies Critical Perspectives from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

Edited By Vijayta Doshi Copyright 2023

    The term feminism is often treated as a stable and universalizing politics and practice. For postcolonial feminism, the issues of interest are not only social and cultural inequalities in terms of caste, class, color, ethnicity, gender, and religion, but also historical, political, and geographical inequalities in terms of “Third World”, “Global South” and “remnants of the colonial past”. Postcolonial feminism pays nuanced attention to historical diversity and local specificity of feminist issues. This book draws upon the work grounded specifically in the context of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to demonstrate the plurality of thinking.

    In mainstream management and organization studies, context is often understood as a present, static field. This book discusses how context is an important consideration for any management and organization study and for feminist studies in management and organization studies. It informs the way we need to understand context not just as “present” but also as “past”. Postcolonial feminism highlights the historical roots and past privileges of a context that often gets overlooked in management and organization studies where context is mostly understood in the present.

    This book highlights the contributions of women writers, poets, and activists such as Christina Stringer, Elena Samonova, Gayatri Spivak, Mary Douglas, Naila Kabeer, and Uzma Falak to postcolonial feminism in management and organization studies. Each of these women has engaged with writing that has the potential to enrich and transform understanding of postcolonial feminism in management and organization studies, making this book a valuable resource for researchers, academics, and advanced students.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Postcolonial Feminism in Management and Organization Studies: Critical perspectives from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

    Vijayta Doshi

    Part I: Feminist Resistance to Subalternity: Deconstructing ‘Development’ and ‘Social


    Chapter 2: Naila Kabeer: Deconstructing Empowerment of Poor Women Entrepreneurs in Postcolonial Bangladesh

    Afreen Huq

    Chapter 3: The Continued Silencing of Gayatri Spivak’s Subaltern: A Critique of the Elite Nexus of NGOs, Academic, and Corporations

    Rashedur Chowdhury & Farooq Ahmad

    Part II: Exposing Neocolonialism in the Postcolonies: An Urge for Ethics of Care

    Chapter 4: Colonialism Otherwise: Reading Uzma Falak’s Kashmir

    Ayesha Masood & Sadhvi Dar

    Chapter 5: Modern Slavery in Contemporary India: Addressing the Elephant in the Room – Contributions from Stringer and Samanova

    Swati Nagar

    Part III: Decolonizing Management Education and Praxis Through Postcolonial Feminism

    Chapter 6: The Epistemology of the Toilet: Doing Class Work in Pakistan

    Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar & Ajnesh Prasad

    Chapter 7: Bringing Postcolonial Women Writers to Executive Education: Case of Women Managers’ Program in India

    Nimruji Jammulamadaka & Padmavati Akella


    Vijayta Doshi is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavoir and Human Resource Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur, India.

    "Excellently conceived and executed, this volume welcomes readers into a world where the postcolonial emerges through the works and experiences of MOS scholars in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Postcolonial feminism interrogates what colonialism 'left behind' and helps forward affirmative possibilities with local knowledges as decolonizing practices."

    Professor Marta B. Calás, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

    "Bringing together lenses of postcolonial feminism, management and organization studies, and South Asia which do not often appear together in literature, this book weaves together a rich tapestry of ideas, arguments, and provocations that need to inform ongoing and future work on decolonizing management studies."

    Professor Nimruji Jammulamadaka, IIM Calcutta

    "The edited collection by Vijayta Doshi, provides a much needed anthology on important and under-researched issues that concern us all, examined through a wide-ranging and original work of postcolonial feminist theory and practice. Organizational scholars and students alike will find Postcolonial Feminism in Management and Organization Studies: Critical Perspectives from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh an invaluable compendium for expanding their thinking, research, and teaching."

    Professor Marianna Fotaki, University of Warwick