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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter aims to convey the contributions of feminist theorizing, as contemporary social theory, to organization studies, and to evaluate its prospect for continuing to do so. It first offers a reminder of first wave or classical feminism, and its often forgotten legacy for present-day feminist concerns in theory and methodology. The core of the chapter focuses on five key feminist theoretical tendencies from the second wave: liberal, radical, psychoanalytic, socialist, and poststructuralist/postmodern, and their main influences on organization studies. The final section addresses more recent and emerging tendencies in feminist theorizing—transnational feminism, critiques of neoliberalism, and new materialisms—whose common threads include a return to materialism after postmodernism, redefinitions of the question of the subject in feminism, and emphasis on broader global issues where theory/practice engagements occur. The conclusion reiterates the continued importance of feminist theorizing for emancipatory social change through scholarly projects in organization studies.

Keywords: gender, feminist theory, transnational feminism, critiques of neoliberalism, new materialisms, emancipatory social change

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