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Interpreting the Maternal Organization - Heather Hpfl

Interpreting the Maternal Organization

By: Heather Hpfl (Editor)

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Over the past ten to fifteen years there has been an increasing interest in emotion in organizations, in diversity, ethics, care and the ubiquitous pursuit of quality. These concerns, however, have consistently been reduced to issues of management and regulation. There is now a growing need to confront issues related to the dehumanization of organizations. This book brings these issues together, presenting an original construction of the organization via an emphasis on the (m)other.
This book is not a feminist tract, nor is it primarily about the experiences of women in organizations. It rather argues that conventional representations of the organization are patriarchal, masculine, directed by the animus and that such representations reduce the notion of 'organization' to abstract relationships, rational actions and purposive behaviour.
This challenging book will be of essential interest to all critical management theorists. With its innovative approach, it will also appeal to students, teachers, and all those looking for an approach to management that does justice to the complexity, ambivalence and chaos of the world of organizing.

Heather Hopfl, maternal organization -- deprivation and denial; Barbara Poggio, who's afraid of mothers?; Iiris Aaltio and Minna Hiillos, the unity mother and the body of the organization; Ingrid Molderez, organization as body in contact, Susanne Tietze, metaphors of the mother; Jessica Enevold, the motherhood of the road; Andrena Telford Maiden, mother, mistress, monster; Brid Andrews, the mother and the masquerade; Klaus Harju, images of Madonna and figure; Maria Letiche and Hugo Letiche, postmodernisms of pregnancy; Leena Erasaari, fetus on screen; Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, triptychs of curating; Martin Fuglsang, beyond the fetishism or the mother; Monika Kostera, space and silence.

ISBN: 9780203216552
ISBN-10: 9781134450206
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 5th September 2002