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Deborah Kerfoot

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Chapter 12: Body Work: Estrangement, Disembodiment and the Organizational ‘Other’

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Body Work: Estrangement, Disembodiment and the Organizational ‘Other’
Body work: Estrangement, disembodiment and the organizational ‘other’
DeborahKerfoot

This chapter focuses on managerial work, men and masculinity and the interconnections between masculinity and ‘being a manager’. My concern is to engage with and contribute to a growing literature on masculinity that seeks critically to interrogate the experience not just of ‘being a manager’, but also of ‘being a man’ in contemporary organizational life. Academic commentators have oft sought to explore managerial work from a perspective that sets a challenge to the predominant wisdom of management thinking and teaching in Anglo/American contexts over the past few decades. Frequently mechanistic and hierarchical in its view of the management of organizations of all persuasions, they argue, the traditional conception of organization ...

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