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Handbook of Gender, Work, and Organization

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This work of reference represents a remarkably complete, detailed and extensive review of the field of gender, work and organization in the second decade of the 21st century. Its authors represent eight countries and many disciplines including management, sociology, political science, and gender studies. The chapters, by top scholars in their areas of expertise, offer both reviews and empirical findings, and insights and challenges for further work. The chapters are organized in five sections: Histories and Philosophies; Organizing Work and the Gendered Organization; Embodiment; Globalization; and Diversity.

  • Theoretical and conceptual developments at the cutting edge of the field are explicated and illustrated by the handbook's authors.

  • Methods for conducting research into gender, work and organization are reviewed and assessed as well as illustrated in the work of several chapters.

  • Efforts to produce greater gender equality in the workplace are covered in nearly every chapter, in terms of past successes and failures. Military organizations are presented as one of the difficult to change in regards to gender (with the result that women are marginalized in practice even when official policies and goals require their full inclusion).

  • The role of the body/embodiment is emphasized in several chapters, with attention both to how organizations discipline bodies and how organizational members use their bodies to gain advantage. Particular attention is paid to sexuality in/and organizations, including sexual harassment, policies to alleviate bias, and the likelihood that future work will pay more attention to the body's presence and role in work and organizations.

  • Many chapters also address "change efforts" that have been employed by individuals, groups, and organizations, including transnational ones such as the European Union, the United Nations, and so on.

In addition to its value for teachers and students within this field, it also offers insights that would be of value to policy makers and practitioners who need to reflect on the latest thinking relating to gender at work and in organizations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Editorial Introduction
  6. Section One : Histories and Philosophies of Gender, Work and Organization
    1. Chapter 1 : Postmodern Feminism and Organization Studies: A Marriage of Inconvenience?
      1. Opening Thoughts
      2. Postmodernism: A Word of Warning
      3. Postmodernism and Gendered Subjectivity at Work
      4. Performativity and Feminist (Organizational) Politics
      5. Feminist and Postmodernist Conceptions of Truth and Knowledge
      6. Postmodern Feminism and Organization Studies: Critical Reflections and Anticipations
    2. Chapter 2 : Women’s Writing
      1. Introduction
      2. Key Writings and Writings in White Ink
      3. Kristeva’s Contribution
      4. Disruptive Alterity
      5. Hegemony and Reproduction
      6. A Personal Example
      7. Women, Writing, and the Organization
      8. Summary and Conclusions
    3. Chapter 3 : Ways of Knowing: Gender as a Politics of Knowledge?
      1. Introduction
      2. My Story
      3. Plato’s Story
      4. The Thracian Servant Girl as a Figure of Discourse
      5. The Symbolic Matricide in Organization Studies
      6. The Above and the Below
      7. Theory and Practice; Truth and Appearance
      8. Mind of a Man and Body of a Woman
      9. A Politics of Knowledge
      10. Conclusion
    4. Chapter 4 : Gender, Work, and Organization in Popular Culture
      1. Work and Gender on Film and Television
      2. Gender and Popular Culture in Management and Organization Studies
      3. Summary and Conclusion
    5. Chapter 5 : Theorizing Gender, Race, and Class in Organizations
      1. A Brief History of Gender in Organizations
      2. A Brief History of Intersectionality: Race, Class, and Gender in Organizations
      3. Gender, Race, and Class Inequalities in Work and Organizations
      4. Inequality Regimes
      5. Conclusion
    6. Chapter 6 : How to Study Gender Inequality in Organizations?
      1. 1. . . . experimentally
      2. 2. . . . retrospectively
      3. 3. . . . prospectively (Field Studies)
      4. 4. . . . via fiction:
  7. Section Two : Embodying Organizations, Organizing Bodies and Regulating Identities
    1. Chapter 7 : Leading with Body
      1. Research on Bodies in Organisations and Society
      2. The Apparent Absence of Bodies in Leadership
      3. Embodying Leadership
    2. Chapter 8 : The Body: A Review and a Theoretical Perspective
      1. Introduction
      2. The Body in Social Theory
      3. The Body in Feminist Theory
      4. The Body in Organization Studies
      5. Corporeal Management at Work and in Society
      6. Corporeal Management and Future Research
    3. Chapter 9 : New Intimacy, New Motherhood, Same Old Work?
      1. Introduction
      2. Considering the ‘New Intimacy’ Thesis
      3. Considering the ‘New Motherhood’ Thesis
      4. Considering Work–Life ‘Balance’
      5. Conclusion
      6. Appendix: Respondent Biographies
    4. Chapter 10 : Representing the Successful Managerial Body
      1. Introduction
      2. Managing the Female Body
      3. The Masculine Norm and its Feminine Other
      4. Body Management
      5. Doing Bodies Differently
    5. Chapter 11 : The Organisational Contours of ‘Body Work’
      1. The Relation Between the Body and Work
      2. Work on One’s Own Body
      3. ‘Body Work’ on Others’ Bodies
      4. Conclusions
    6. Chapter 12 : Embodying Transgender in Studies of Gender, Work, and Organization
      1. Introduction
      2. Transgender, Work, and Organization
      3. Transgender in Social Science and Humanities Research
      4. Transgender in Studies of Gender, Work, and Organization
      5. Towards an Embodied Approach to Transgender in Studies of Gender, Work, and Organization
      6. Conclusion
      7. Acknowledgements
  8. Section Three : Organizing Work and the Gendered Organization
    1. Chapter 13 : Does Gender Inequality Ever Disappear?
      1. Overview of a Four-part Chapter
      2. Body Counts versus a Process of Gendering
      3. Gender Inequality at the National Level of Analysis
      4. Gender Inequality at the Organizational Level of Analysis
      5. Summary: Gender Inequality Everywhere
      6. What Would a Gender Equal Work Environment Look Like?
      7. DeGendering Organizations: Androgyny at Work
      8. Instrumental Use of Conventional Sexual Stereotypes
      9. Breaking Traditional Sexual Stereotypes
      10. Studying a More Equal Future
    2. Chapter 14 : Practicing Gender Neutrality in Organizations
      1. Introduction
      2. Gender Views on the New Economy: Mapping the Field
      3. Neutralizing Femininity in Organizations?
      4. Reflections, and Implications for Future Research
      5. Acknowledgements
    3. Chapter 15 : Women Professionals’ Gender Strategies: Negotiating Gendered Organizational Barriers
      1. Gendered Barriers and Professional Work Organizations
      2. Women Professionals’ Gender Strategies
      3. Future Outlook
    4. Chapter 16 : Gender and Work: A Technofeminist Analysis
      1. The Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and Technology
      2. Machinery of Masculinity
      3. Cyberfeminism
      4. Technofeminism: Combining Feminist and Technology Studies
      5. Conclusion
    5. Chapter 17 : Gender Change, Organizational Change, and Gender Equality Strategies
      1. Introduction
      2. An Overview of the Quest for Organizational Change Toward Gender Equality
      3. A Two-dimensional Comparison
      4. Gender Change and Organization Change?
      5. A Forward Looking Strategy: genderXchange
  9. Section Four : Diversity in/and Management and Organizations
    1. Chapter 18 : Sexualities, Work, Organizations, and Managements: Empirical, Policy, and Theoretical Challenges
      1. Introduction
      2. Overview
      3. Empirical Studies
      4. Policy Development
      5. Theoretical and Conceptual Reviews
      6. The Case of Information and Communication Technologies
      7. Conclusions and Future Research
      8. Acknowledgements
    2. Chapter 19 : Diversity in Organizations: A Critical Examination of Assumptions about Diversity and Organizations in Twenty-first Century Management Literature
      1. Background
      2. Chapter Purpose
      3. Search Methods
      4. Summary
      5. Acknowledgements
    3. Chapter 20 : Diversity, Uniqueness, and Images of Human Resourcefulness
      1. Introduction
      2. Approach
      3. Diversity versus Equality: Usurpation or Reoccupation?
      4. Uniqueness and the Limits of Human Resourcefulness
      5. Concluding Remarks
  10. Section Five : Globalization and Gender in/and Management and Organizations
    1. Chapter 21 : International Organizations and the Organization of Gender
      1. International Organizations – Definitions and Perspectives
      2. IGOs and Gender
      3. International Organizations Organizing Gender
      4. Gendering Intergovernmental Organizations
      5. Further Research
      6. Conclusions
    2. Chapter 22 : Toward Gender Equality in European Union Labour Markets
      1. Introduction
      2. Gender Equality Policy in European Union Labour Markets: Key Developments
      3. Current Concerns: Outcomes and Problems
      4. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 23 : The Military in a Globalized Environment: Perpetuating an ‘Extremely Gendered’ Organization
      1. The Military as a Gendered Organization
      2. Globalizing Gendered Dynamics
      3. The Military as an Extremely-gendered Institution
      4. Conclusion: The Military as an Extremely Gendered Organization
    4. Chapter 24 : In the Back and Forth of Transmigration: Rethinking Organization Studies in a Transnational Key
      1. Transmigration and the Creation of Transnational Social Fields
      2. Where are the Transmigrants? Examining Three Organization Literatures
  11. Biographies
  12. Index