Kanter Revisited: Gender, Power and (In)Visibility

Lewis, P. and Simpson, R. (2012) Kanter Revisited: Gender, Power and (In)Visibility. International Journal of Management Reviews, 14 (2). pp. 141-158. ISSN 1460-8545. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper revisits Kanter's (1977) seminal work Men and Women of the Corporation, rereading her account of numerical advantage and disadvantage through a poststructuralist lens which exposes hidden dimensions of gendered power. This lens is captured in the ‘(In)visibility Vortex’ (Lewis and Simpson, 2010) which highlights struggles and tensions around the norm through processes of preservation and concealment within the norm as well as dynamics of revealing, exposure and disappearance as features of the margins. The study draws on developments in feminist theorizing, specially around visibility, invisibility and power, to facilitate this rereading. In so doing, the author demonstrate that while Kanter retreated from explanations based on the gendering of organizations or from recognition of gendered power, these dynamics can be identified in her text. The authors suggest that rereading classic texts can surface dimensions of organizations that have contemporary significance and can inform future research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2012 11:26
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 14:32
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29637 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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