Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. Specially edited and written by a range of international experts, key ideas are succinctly explained and illustrated beyond a simple definition. Further reading suggestions and cross-referencing provide the reader with means to develop their knowledge further.

With over 50 entries, from Actor Network Theory to Utopianism, readers have instant access and explanation of the most influential concepts in CMS literature. Clear and engaging, this will provide strong support for all courses involving critical management and is a perfect resource for anyone with an interest in this field.


JoBrewis and MichèleBowring

Definition: Feminism refers to a type of social theory or philosophy which asks why women are socially disadvantaged relative to men, and provides political solutions to correct this disadvantage.


The term ‘feminism’ is in fact a misnomer because there are so many variants of feminist theory. It is therefore more accurate to speak of ‘feminisms’. It is also not easy to trace feminist thinking back to its roots; although a common if arbitrary place to start is with Mary Astell, writing more than three centuries ago. As liberal political philosophy took hold in the west during the Enlightenment, arguing that all men are born with the capacity for reason and thus the capacity to be equal given the appropriate education, Astell famously riposted ‘If ...

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