Hegemonic Masculinities, the Multinational Corporation, and the Developmental State: Constructing Gender in ‘Progressive’ Firms’

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Title Hegemonic Masculinities, the Multinational Corporation, and the Developmental State: Constructing Gender in ‘Progressive’ Firms’
Author Elias, Juanita
Journal Name Men and Masculinities
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications Inc.
Abstract This article analyzes how the mainstream study of multinational corporations (MNCs) reflects a set of gendered assumptions that construct the firm as a hegemonically masculine political actor. It is suggested that the same masculinist assumptions that are found in these writings on MNCs take shape within firms in the form of a masculinist managerialism that constructs women workers in terms of their “productive femininity.” There is an extensive literature on women's employment in MNCs and their subsidiaries; the author suggests that this focus on women workers is only a starting point for developing a gendered understanding of global production. Importantly, a focus on “feminine” work and the role that masculinist managerial practices play in underpinning this construction provides insight into the gendered structures and institutions that support the workings of the global political economy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1097184X07306747
Volume 10
Issue Number 4
Page from 405
Page to 421
ISSN 1097-184X
Date Accessioned 2010-05-06
Date Available 2012-02-10T03:04:44Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33114
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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