Introducing affective embodiment and diversity

Marianna Fotaki*, Alison Pullen

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This occurs against the revelations about the widespread sexual harassment and persisting inequalities in the workplace such as gender pay gap and the absence of women and minoritized others from positions of power. Simultaneously, there has been a powerful backlash against women’s empowerment taking the form of anti-gender and postfeminist discourses. We argue that the approach to equal opportunities in the workplace emerging from the liberal, free market conception of employment fails to address the root causes of discrimination because gender and other inequalities are often necessary for sustaining and strengthening the global capital accumulation. This edited collection offers an affective embodiment as a central practice and concept to problematize diversity. Without understanding how embodied differences are conditioned and reproduced, we might be unable to address inequalities in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiversity, affect and embodiment in organizing
EditorsMarianna Fotaki, Alison Pullen
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319989174
ISBN (Print)9783319989167
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Affective Embodiment
  • Global Capital Accumulation
  • Postfeminist Discourse
  • Disembodied Worker
  • Fotakis


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