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date: 07 April 2020

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This article has two aims: (a) familiarizing gender and organization scholars who are less attuned to discourse studies with a 'constitutive' view of discourse and (b) developing, for the context of gender and organization studies, a constitutive view that better accounts for contemporary concerns regarding materiality. After reviewing available frames on the relation among discourse, gender, and organization, it considers how the constitutive view they advance has been criticized in recent years for preserving the split of discourse and matter while reversing their hierarchical relation. In response, it moves toward the development of a new frame, communication as discursive-material evolution, which highlights the ongoing interpenetration of discourse and matter in everyday life. It illustrates the potential of this post-humanist conception of communication-defined as the central process whereby discourse and materiality constantly fuse toward 'meaning that matters'-through application to matters of gendered organizational violence, specifically the recent Penn State scandal in the US.

Keywords: discourse, materiality, organizational communication, violence

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