Casting the Other: The Production and Maintenance of Inequalities in Work Organizations

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Barbara Czarniawska-Joerges, Heather Höpfl
Psychology Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 228 pages
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Casting the Other: Maintaining Gender Inequalities in the Workplace focuses on the production and maintenance of gender inequalities in organizations. By emphasizing 'difference' as something to be managed many organizations institute the 'problem of difference', and while orgainzations pay lip-service to ideas of equality, their day-to-day practices may be unchanged and unchallenged. Discrimination of various groups such as women, immigrants and older people continues and its dynamics remain unclear, largely because of the difficulties of studying it in the field. Additionally, various programs aimed at removing inequality, such as gender equality of managing diversity programs, may actually promote it by making differences visible and stabilizing them. Management, under these circumstances, comes to refer to the management of appearances which take the place of more radical acts to change the 'status quo'.
 

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Contents

the articulation of women
23
The construction of the female entrepreneur as the Other
52
practising disconnection
68
Construction of gender in corporations
89
gender inequality and womens
104
Genderneutral gender and denial of the difference
119
women from the ruins of the National Board
138
The business case for diversity and the Iron Cage
160
ethnographic practice and
185
References
205
Index
225
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Barbara Czarniawska is the Skandia Chair of Management at the Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Gothenburg University. She is the co-editor of the journal Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies and is the book editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Management.
Heather Hopfl is Head of the School of Operations Analysis and Human Resource Management at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

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