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date: 20 April 2019

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This chapter maps theoretical perspectives forming the conceptual contours of the gender and organization literature as it has taken shape over the last forty years. Our concern is with the trajectory of this literature and how it has changed-or not-with the purpose of reclaiming the social change potential that marked its beginning. As we see it, the necessary motivating condition for the continued existence of this literature is the persistence of sex/gender inequality in organizations and society. We argue that this persistence is an outcome-a manifestation-of various social dynamics and social processes changing over time, which requires understanding the changing conditions of its reproduction. It also requires asking what theoretical premises about gender-and-organization may be needed now? Which may require rethinking or abandoning? At the end we address the changing contours of inequality under current global circumstances, which require new theorizing. Renewed focus on social change may provide a much needed impetus for re-examining relationships between scholarly production and its effects in 'the real world'.

Keywords: gender inequality, gender stereotypes, gendered organization, intersectionality, transnational feminism

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