Identity Politics at Work: Resisting Gender, Gendering Resistance

Robyn Thomas





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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-politics 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.

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Other editions: Softcover - 2003, Softcover - 2002

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