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date: 20 April 2019

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While men and masculine discourses dominate management and organization, their conceptualization and interrogation are neglected even in critical studies of work and organization. Management is a scene for discourses of masculinity that prevent too many women invading the protected space where homosocial constructions and masculine performances reproduce power and privilege for men. It keeps the feminine at a safe distance so as to minimize the threat of the Other to masculine discourses and their performative outcomes, for the greatest fear is to fail to be a ‘real man’. The chapter illustrates this through an examination of the financial sector for the aggressively instrumental and competitive pursuit of the highest level of economic reward renders the discourses of masculinity more visible in this sector, and especially after the numerous scandals associated with and following from the global financial crisis of 2007–8. Transparency in this sector was thought likely to restrain the excessive salaries and bonuses but has had the opposite effect because high levels of pay are viewed as a sign of manliness.

Keywords: doing masculinity, gender, financial sector, management, manliness

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