Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures

Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures

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The symbolic order of gender in organizations - how gender relations are culturally and discursively produced and reproduced, and how they might be done' differently, are explored in this book. Silvia Gherardi focuses on the relationship between gender, power and culture in organizations and on the need to come to grips with the pervasive, elusive and ambiguous nature of gender in work settings. She introduces two key metaphors. The first is of the sexual contract, which centres on the sexuality of organizations and static' gender difference. The second, of the alchemic wedding, highlights a plurality of cultural models of femaleness and of women/work relationships, and processes of dynamic difference, transformation and transcendence. Gherardi continues her examination of the construction of gender relations in the workplace through a series of rich and illuminating stories which also draw on various symbolic archetypes as powerful forms of cultural expression. The final section of the book looks at possibilities for change, developing in particular a concept of different forms of gender citizenship of organizations.... 161 socialization, anticipatory 122 solidarity 88 sport 128 Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS) 20a€”1 Strati, A. 13 ... 187 violence 62 voluntary organisation 80 voyeurism 20, 64 Walzer, M. 174 Watzlawick, P., Beavin, P. and Jackson, D. 8 Weber, ... workers 51a€”2, 56, 89, 159 manual 31, 51 working mother 168 working-class culture 53 workplace 56 yin-yang symbol 32, 68 youthanbsp;...

Title:Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures
Author:Professor Silvia Gherardi
Publisher:SAGE - 1995-09-07


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