1st Edition

Bodies, Symbols and Organizational Practice
The Gendered Dynamics of Power

ISBN 9780367884345
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
264 Pages

USD $47.95

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Book Description

Despite all the efforts to promote change, power and authority still seem to be permanently associated with the white, the straight and the masculine, both symbolically and in the everyday world of organizations.

As the intricate relationship between the symbolic and the everyday remains under-researched, this anthology proposes a transdisciplinary feminist perspective drawing on the humanities in order to explore the complex nature of the gendered politics of organizations. Indeed, analyzing how images, narratives, symbols and bodies are all part of how power and gender are constructed in organizations through a broad and international range of empirical studies, Bodies, Symbols and Organizational Practice explores issues at the interstices of the humanities and social sciences, combining theoretical and analytical perspectives from both areas.

Providing a radical analysis of the gendered dynamics of power as well as petitioning for radical intervention into those dynamics, this timely volume will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as: Organization and Management Studies, Gender studies, Feminist theory and Sociology of Work & Industry.

Table of Contents


Transdisciplinary Interventions

Agnes Boslø

Stine Helena Bang Svendsen

Siri Øyslebø Sørensen


Representations of women dressed for power

Agnes Bolsø

Wencke Mühleisen


Face of Finance

Anne Gjelsvik


Beautiful soldiers: Depicting a Gender Inclusive Army

Stine Helena Bang Svendsen


Beyond fashion’s alluring surface:
Connecting the fashion image
and the lived realities of women workers in the fashion industry

Louise Wallenberg

Torkild Thanem


Women at sea: sexual disorder and discipline

Agnes Bolsø

Lise Langåker

Wencke Mühleisen


The Genesis of Leaders: Women in the Petroleum Industry

Marit Aure


Making sense of downsizing: exploring masculinities in the Norwegian oil industry

Maria Dockweiler

Øystein Gullvåg Holter

Lotta Snickare


When office life becomes life – a study of investment banking

Lotta Snickare

Øystein Gullvåg Holter


Women to the rescue? Gender, power and idealism in the third sector

Siri Øyslebø Sørensen


A leadership ethics of sexual difference?

Alison Pullen

Sheena J. Vachhani


Organizational Scenarios for Human Evolution

Agnes Bolsø

Wencke Mühleisen


Gender, Power and Feminist Resistance

Lynne Segal

Epilogue: Residues from the past and emerging structures of feeling


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Agnes Bolsø is a Professor within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Stine H. Bang Svendsen is Associate Professor of Pedagogy at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Siri Øyslebø Sørensen is a researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway