Fringe benefits? Revisi(ti)ng the relationship between feminism and Critical Management Studies

Authored by: Karen Lee Ashcraft

The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415501880
eBook ISBN: 9781315889818
Adobe ISBN: 9781134511235


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Scholars affiliated with Critical Management Studies (CMS) debate many things, but few would contest that concern for power at work distinguishes the enterprise. Most would likely concur that relations of power have long been configured and exercised around human difference – social identities like gender, race and class, for instance. In this respect, feminist scholarship is a natural ally of CMS. We might reasonably expect feminist theory to be among the major resources on which CMS scholars draw and to which they actively contribute. All the more so, since feminist scholars and activists have interrogated the political character of organizing for nearly 50 years and, in that time, have experimented extensively with alternative ways to enact power and participation (see Ferree & Martin, 1995).

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