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Reworking Gender
A Feminist Communicology of Organization



September 2003 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Reworking Gender is a remarkable analysis of the intersections of discourse, gender, and organizing that not only addresses contemporary metatheoretical concerns but also illuminates these issues with archival and interview data. . . . Reworking Gender systematically lays out arguments for the importance of work in our field, for communication's connections with and potential contributions to related disciplines, and for possible ways in which researchers can continue to challenge boundaries between presumably incommensurable discourses. Without a doubt, Reworking Gender will prove to be a landmark book in feminist, critical-cultural, organization studies, and organizational communication theorizing."

--Patrice M. Buzzanell, Purdue University


Reworking Gender: A Feminist Communicology of Organization examines the place of gender and feminist scholarship in contemporary critical organization studies. Departing from the common view of gender as a specialized branch of organization scholarship, authors Dennis K. Mumby and Karen Lee Ashcraft reposition feminism in a communication-centered model that integrates recent developments in feminist, critical, and postmodern organizational studies. Linking theory to practical projects, the authors address many of the complex and often contradictory concerns of critical organizational scholarship, including issues of discourse, subjectivity, power, race, and class.

In a compelling and timely fashion, this important volume explores

    • Gendered organization studies in the wake of the discursive turn
    • The dynamic relationship between gender and organization
    • The social construction of gendered work identities
    • The intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and class
    • The dialectical relation of power and resistance

With its interdisciplinary approach, Reworking Gender: A Feminist Communicology of Organization will be of significant interest to scholars and graduate students in such fields as organizational communication, management and organization studies, sociology, and gender studies.


 
Introduction: Situating Gender in Critical Organization Studies
 
Chapter 1: Feminist Organization Studies in the Wake of the Discursive Turn
 
Chapter 2: Feminism and the Discourses of Modernism: Articulating an Organizational Voice
 
Chapter 3: Postmodernism and Organization Studies: Complicating the Conversation
 
Chapter 4: Organizing at the Intersection of Feminism and Postmodernism
 
Chapter 5: A Feminist Communicology of Organization
 
Chapter 6: A Feminist Communicology of the Airline Pilot: Gender and the Organization of Professional Identity
 
Chapter 7: Conclusion: Reworking Gender in Organization Studies
 
Notes and References

"Reworking Gender is a remarkable analysis of the intersections of discourse, gender, and organizing that not only addresses contemporary metatheoretical concerns but also illuminates these issues with archival and interview data. . . . Reworking Gender systematically lays out arguments for the importance of work in our field, for communication's connections with and potential contributions to related disciplines, and for possible ways in which researchers can continue to challenge boundaries between presumably incommensurable discourses. Without a doubt, Reworking Gender will prove to be a landmark book in feminist, critical-cultural, organization studies, and organizational communication theorizing."

Patrice M. Buzzanell
Purdue University
Key features
  • An extensive, fresh review and critique of research on discourse, gender, and organization that provides the reader with an invaluable scholarly resource.
  • A critical examination of key debates surrounding the connections and tensions among feminism, critical theory, and postmodernism.
  • The development of an innovative "feminist communicology" of organization—a communication-centered model that extends and integrates recent developments in feminist, critical, and postmodern organizational communication studies.
  • A case study chapter that empirically illustrates a "communicological" approach to the study of gendered organizing.

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