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Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures By Silvia Gherardi

Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures
by Silvia Gherardi

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This study of the relations between gender, power and culture in organizations introduces two metaphors: the sexual contract, focusing on the sexuality of organizations and "static" gender difference; and the alchemic wedding, highlighting a plurality of cultural models of femaleness.
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Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures by Silvia Gherardi

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.

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About Silvia Gherardi


Silvia Gherardi is Professor of the Sociology of Work at the University of Trento in Italy.

Table of Contents


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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GOR010427795
Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures by Silvia Gherardi
Silvia Gherardi
Used - Well Read
Paperback
SAGE Publications Ltd
1995-09-07
208
0803989113
9780803989115
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