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- Theorizing Gender-and-Organization: Changing Times…Changing Theories?
- Disturbing Thoughts and Gendered Practices: A Discursive Review of Feminist Organizational Analysis
- Organizations as Symbolic Gendered Orders
- Was will der Mann?
- Feminism, Post-Feminism, and Emerging Femininities in Entrepreneurship
- ‘Meaning That Matters’: An Organizational Communication Perspective on Gender, Discourse, and Materiality
- Female Advantage: Revisited
- The Rocky Climb: Women’s Advancement in Management
- Leadership: A Matter of Gender?
- Negative Intra-Gender Relations between Women: Friendship, Competition, and Female Misogyny
- Sex, Gender, and Leadership: What Do Four Decades of Research Tell Us?
- Gendered Constructions of Merit and Impression Management within Professional Service Firms
- Gender and Careers: Obstacles and Opportunities
- The Glass Cliff: Examining Why Women Occupy Leadership Positions in Precarious Circumstances
- Power and Resistance in Gender Equality Strategies: Comparing Quotas and Small Wins
- Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
- Organizational Culture, Work Investments, and the Careers of Men: Disadvantages to Women?
- Challenging Gender Boundaries: Pressures and Constraints on Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
- Contextualizing Men, Masculinities, Leadership, and Management: Gender/Intersectionalities, Local/Transnational, Embodied/Virtual, Theory/Practice
- Masculinities in Management: Hidden, Invisible, and Persistent
- Masculinity and Sexuality at Work: Incorporating Gay and Bisexual Men’s Perspectives
- Doing Gender Differently: Men in Caring Occupations
- Masculinity in the Financial Sector
- Masculinities in Multinationals
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Karen Lee Ashcraft is Professor of Organizational Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research examines organizational forms and occupational identities, with a guiding interest in relations of power and difference, specifically gender, race, sexuality, and class. Her work appears in numerous management and communication journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Communication Theory, and Management Communication Quarterly, as well as in the book Reworking Gender (Sage, 2004). Her most recent project investigates the historical and contemporary evolution of professional identities in the context of commercial aviation.
Kate Lockwood Harris is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies the communicative aspects of gender, violence, and sexuality. Her publications have appeared in Women’s Studies in Communication, Women and Language, and thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture. Her current research develops an intersectional approach to the relationship between sexual violence and organization.
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