Writing, the feminine and organization

Alison Pullen*, Carl Rhodes

*Corresponding author for this work

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We consider how genre and gender are implicated in academic writing about work organizations, noting that masterful, rational and penetrating masculine forms have long been dominant. The result is the privileging of a masculine style of writing that has come to be seen both as gender neutral and mandatory. This has served both to marginalize women's writing and to disable men's femininity. To subvert and undermine this, we consider the possibilities of a feminine writing of organization that defies rational categorization so as to enable a multitude of affectual voices and texts to cross over from exclusion. This creates a space where feminine writing can be encouraged and published and where issues surrounding the feminine can flourish.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-93
Number of pages7
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015


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