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Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures
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Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures



September 1995 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

 
Introduction
 
Organizational Symbolism, Culture and Gender
 
The Metaphor of the Sexual Contract
 
Jerosgamos
The Metaphor of the Alchemic Wedding

 
 
The Symbolic Order of Gender in Organizations
 
Doing Gender in the Workplace
 
Gender Citizenship in Organizations
 
Conclusions
The Symbolics of Gender Citizenship

 

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