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Feminist Theory and Organization Theory: A Dialogue on New Bases

Silvia Gherardi

in The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199275250
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199275250.003.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Feminist Theory and Organization Theory: A Dialogue on New Bases

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Gender has to do not only with bodies, and power, but also with the politics of knowledge, and therefore with organizations as containers of different bodies and sexualities, as arenas of power/knowledge, and with organization theory as a system of knowledge representation. The contention that the ‘organizational theory’ (OT) is male gendered is too well known to reiterate. This article starts from the premiss that neither feminist theory (FT) nor OT is a homogeneous and unitary body of knowledge. It illustrates the multiple points of view expressed by those involved in this conversation. This article briefly surveys the main theories in gender studies, showing how they represent the relation between gender and organization and contributes to the analysis of organizations and organizational processes. It concludes with a reflection on the politics of knowledge in FT and OT and the — ironic, nomadic, eccentric — knowing subjects.

Keywords: organization theory; power; feminist theory; gender studies; organizational processes

Article.  11377 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Research Methods

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