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How does feminist and activist thinking offer fresh responses to organizational issues?

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

How can feminist theories and activist practices help address vital organizational challenges, such as inequality, sustainability, and care for the environment? This is the macro question Fotaki and Pullen seek to answer in “Feminist Theories and Activist Practices in Organization Studies” (NYU Login Required). In their paper, the authors analyze the progress on gender issues in organizational studies and identify critical and underutilized strands of feminist thinking such as decolonial feminism, feminist ethics of care, posthuman feminism, and ecofeminism.

The studies they examine include highlight:

  1. the hidden entanglements of power and performativity in a global bank and the beauty industry

  2. the underrepresented struggles of women in the Global South as they disrupt gender practices through consciousness-raising and contesting gender regimes at organizational social events

  3. the intersection of gender and occupation in social media.

By the exploration of feminist theories and activist practices in organizational studies, Fotaki and Pullen's work provides a comprehensive framework for organizations to tackle issues of inequality, sustainability, and environmental care, ultimately driving positive change and fostering a more inclusive and equitable work environment.

You can read the full article here.

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