- Subject index
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.
Chapter 5: Revisioning Control: A Feminist Critique of Disciplined Bodies
Revisioning Control: A Feminist Critique of Disciplined Bodies
In this chapter, I extend extant conceptions of organizational control by laying a foundation for feminist analyses of the body as a site of power/resistance dialectics in contemporary organizational life. I appropriate the work of Foucault (1976/1990, 1979, 1980) and a variety of poststructuralist feminists (Balsamo, 1996; Bartky, 1988; Bordo, 1989, 1993; Butler, 1990; Deveaux, 1994; McNay, 1992; Sawicki, 1991) to revision traditional notions of control. I argue that communication is an agency of disciplinary force and demonstrate how particular communicative practices enable and constrain gendered, embodied subject positions. More specifically, I argue that organizational discourses and their attendant disciplinary practices are, in a very real and material sense, inscribed ...