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Masculinities in Organizations

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August 1996 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"Most popular discussions of men and gender treat masculinity as an entirely psychological issue. This book edited by Cliff Cheng, part of a new wave of research on masculinity, shows the issues are much wider. Gender is an aspect of organizational life, workplace culture, and business politics. Vivid and sometimes surprising case studies--including the space shuttle disaster, an all-male military collage, and the ethnically mixed management of a Japanese-American firm--show different forms of masculinity in the making and under challenge. Conceptual and empirical chapters in the book both enrich our understanding of hegemonic masculinity, and raise intriguing questions about non-hegemonic masculinities. The issues explored in the book are important for organizational studies, for the social science of gender, and for all concerned with the future patterns of power in our business-dominated world." --R.W. Connell, Univeristy of Sydney, Australia, and author of Masculinities "Cliff Cheng's newest contribution to the study of men and masculinities as a gender within and outside other group memberships is a welcome addition to embedded intergroup relations theory." --Clayton P. Alderfer, "This volume fills a gap in our knowledge by providing empirical studies of the role masculine genders play in various, diverse organizations. Studies of the Challenger disaster and American managers in Japanese-owned firms were especially fascinating because they show so clearly the multiple masculinities that arise in different occupations and racial groups. Studies of the Citadel and law firms provide interesting insights into how hegemonic masculinities operate. Still, other chapters present new theorizing and quantitative results. Overall, an impressive collection of work that offers a wealth of ideas for future research and informed teaching and practice." --Janice M. Beyer, Graduate School of Business, The University of Texas, Austin The latest volume in the Research on Men and Masculinities series, Masculinities in Organizations provides an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study of masculinities in organizational settings. Editor Cliff Cheng sheds light on misconceptions that have plagued the study of organizations and discusses workplace roles and the ways they relate to and affect masculinity. This book makes an effective case both that sex and gender are not synonymous and that masculinity is not homogeneous. The book will add to a growing literature that calls for pro-social change in groups and organizations to overcome the problem of hegemonic masculinity. Timely and provocative, Masculinities in Organizations will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in organizational behavior, organizational studies, gender roles, and men's studies.

Michael Kimmel
Series Editor's Introduction
Cliff Cheng
Men and Masculinities Are Not Necessarily Synonymous
Thoughts on Organizational Behavior and Occupational Sociology

 
 
PART ONE: OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL HEGEMONIC MASCULINITY
Jennifer Pierce
Rambo Litigators
Emotional Labor in a Male-Dominated Occupation

 
James W Messerschmidt
Managing to Kill
Masculinities and the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion

 
Judi Addelston and Michael Stirratt
The Last Bastion of Masculinity
Gender Politics at The Citadel

 
 
PART TWO: SEX SEGREGATION, HOMOSOCIALITY, AND HEGEMONIC MASCULINITY
Rosemary Wright
The Occupational Masculinity of Computing
Amy Wharton and Sharon Bird
Stand by Your Man
Homosociality, Work Groups, and Men's Perceptions of Difference

 
Martin Kilduff and Ajay Mehra
Hegemonic Masculinity among the Elite
Power, Identity, and Homophily in Social Networks

 
 
PART THREE: MARGINALIZED MASCULINITIES
Laurie Telford
Selves in Bunkers
Organizational Consequences of Failing to Verify Alternative Masculinities

 
Tomoko Hamada
Unwrapping Euro-American Masculinity in a Japanese Multinational Corporation
Cliff Cheng
`We Choose Not to Compete'
The `Merit' Discourse in the Selection Process, and Asian and Asian-American Men and Their Masculinity

 

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