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Postfeminism and Organization

1st Edition

Edited by Patricia Lewis, Yvonne Benschop, Ruth Simpson

Routledge

236 pages

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This edited book inserts postfeminism (PF) as a critical concept into understandings of work and organization. While the notion of PF has been extensively investigated in cultural and media studies, it has yet to emerge within organization studies - remaining marginal to understandings of work based experiences and subjectivities. Understanding PF as a discursive cultural context not only draws on an established epistemological orientation to organizations as discursively constructed and reproduced but allows us to highlight how PF may underpin and be underpinned by other discursive regimes



This book, as the first in the field, draws on key international authors to explore: the contextual ‘backdrop’ of PF and its links with neo-liberalism, transnational feminism and other hegemonic discourses; the different ways in which this backdrop has infiltrated organizational values and practice through the primacy attached to choice, merit and individual agency as well as through the widespread perception that gender disadvantage has been ‘solved’; and the implications for organizational subjectivity and for how inequality is experienced and perceived.



This book introduces postfeminism as a critical concept with contemporary importance for the study of organizations, arguing for its explanatory potential when:







  • Exploring women’s and men’s experience of managing and organizing;






  • Investigating the gendered aspects of organizational life;






  • Analysing the contemporary validation of the feminine and the associated feminization of management/leadership and organizations;






  • Tracing the emergence of new femininities and masculinities within organizational contexts.




The book is ideal reading for researchers working in the area of Gender and Organization Studies but is also of interest to researchers in the areas of Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Wom

Table of Contents



Part 1: Introduction





Postfeminism: Negotiating Equality with Tradition in Contemporary Organizations



Patricia Lewis, Yvonne Benschop and Ruth Simpson





Part 2: Postfeminism and Organization





1. Postfeminism and Gendered (Im)mobilities



Patricia Lewis





2. Doing-it-all: Exploring Work Life Balance in Nigeria through a Postfeminist Lens



Itari Turner and Ruth Simpson





3. Keep Calm and Carry on Being Slinky: Postfeminism, Resilience Coaching, and Whiteness



Elaine Swan





4. Postfeminism, Queer and Work



Nick Rumens





5. Contested Terrain: The Power to Define, Control and Benefit from Gender Equality Efforts



Elisabeth K. Kelan





6. Postfeminism and the Performance of Merit



Savita Kumra and Ruth Simpson





7. Analysing Entrepreneurial Activity through a Postfeminist Perspective – A Brave New World or the Same Old Story?



Helene Ahl & Susan Marlow





8. How Postfeminism Plays Out for Women Elite Leaders



Sharon Mavin and Gina Grandy





Part 3: Future Directions in Postfeminism and Organizations





9. Make Do and Mend? Working Postfeminism and Vintage



Philip Hancock and Melissa Tyler





10. Postfeminism as New Materialisms: A Future Unlike the Present?



Marta B. Calás, Linda Smircich and Seray Ergene

About the Editors



Patricia Lewis is a Reader in Management at Kent Business School, UK.







Yvonne Benschop is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Department of Business Administration at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.









Ruth Simpson is a Professor of Management at Brunel Business School, UK.





Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS041000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
BUS085000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUS097000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUS109000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business