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Identity Politics at Work : Resisting Gender, Gendering Resistance - Jean Helms Mills

Identity Politics at Work

Resisting Gender, Gendering Resistance

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2004
ISBN: 9780415325400
Number Of Pages: 221

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This book represents the coming together of two key debates within organization studies: theorizing on gender and ways of understanding resistance. These debates have been given renewed vigour with the 'postmodern turn' in organization studies and feminist theory. Fusing these two literatures together offers a far deeper understanding of the issues of power, subjectivity and agency. Representing a growing interest in the contributions that feminist theorizing can offer to the study of organizations, this book focuses on issues of gender and resistance in organizations and, in particular, presents theorising which attends to the dualistic debate of compliance versus resistance to offer more generative understandings of reistance. Authored by leading names in the field, this book contributes to the development of a more sophisticated conceptualising of gender and micro-politics of resistance in two ways. Firstly by focusing on the experiences of women and men in a range of organizations and presenting empirically grounded understandings of the nature of resistance, it offers a highly nuanced and complex analysis of identity politics. Secondly, in theorising the micro-poli of resistance the authors present a more detailed and varied understanding of resistance that accounts for different ways in which individuals and groups struggle to appropriate and transform norms.

Introduction : resisting gender, gendering resistancep. 1
Refusing to be 'me'p. 23
Personal resistance through persistence to organizational resistance through distancep. 40
Resistance to diversity initiativesp. 67
Gendering new managerialismp. 85
Gendered identities and micro-political resistance in public service organizationsp. 105
Reforming managerialism? : gender and the navigation of change in higher education in Sweden and Englandp. 123
When plausibility fails : towards a critical sensemaking approach to resistancep. 141
Resistance to organizational culture change : a gendered analysisp. 160
Webs of resistance in transnational cell centres : strategic agents, service providers and customersp. 179
The bearable lightness of being : identity formation, resistance and gender considerations among the UK television workforcep. 196
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ISBN: 9780415325400
ISBN-10: 0415325404
Series: Management, Organizations and Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 221
Published: 28th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1