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.

Queer Theory

Queer theory

Definition: Queer Theory (QT) is both theory and political action. Definition is impossible, but QT can be summarised as exploring the oppressive power of dominant norms, particularly those relating to sexuality, and the immiseration they cause to those who cannot, or do not wish to, live according to those norms. In analysing the power of ‘the normal’, QT contributes to a politics and ethics of difference. It challenges dominant norms, especially those of sexuality.

Its predecessors are feminist theories and lesbian/gay studies, but its strongest influence is the work of Michel Foucault. Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet (1991) and Butler's Gender Trouble (1990) are regarded as QT's foundational texts, even though they were written before the term was coined in 1990. These books ...

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