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This book reconsiders organizational and managerial communication theories, research, and practice from a feminist standpoint. It looks at theoretical analyses that reconceptualize and extend boundaries in our thinking about work and organizing processes; presents women's voices through interview excerpts, poems, diary entries, and stories and explores the ways in which these concrete details of ordinary lives represent missing facets of our organizational and managerial communication work; and contains chapters that rewrite organizational and managerial constructs.

Communication, Organization, and the Public Sphere: A Feminist Perspective
Communication, organization, and the public sphere: A feminist perspective
Dennis K.Mumbyg

With the emergence in recent years of a growing body of feminist theory and research devoted to organization studies, critical scholars have to take seriously the idea that organizations are the site of gendered communication practices (Acker, 1990; Buzzanell, 1994, 1995; Calás & Smircich, 1992; Mumby, 1996). In contrast to much previous research, this critical work conceives of gender not as an addendum to already established structures and practices but, rather, as a constitutive feature of organizing processes. In Acker's (1990) terms,

To say that an organization… is gendered means that advantage and disadvantage, exploitation and coercion, action and emotion, meaning and identity, are patterned through and in ...

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