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Men as Managers, Managers as Men: Critical Perspectives on by Professor David L Collinson, Professor Jeff R Hearn

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By Professor David L Collinson, Professor Jeff R Hearn

Such a lot managers in so much businesses in such a lot nations are males. This e-book is the 1st foreign paintings to deal with the relationships among males, masculinities and managements. It examines the procedures during which gendered managerial buildings, cultures and practices are reproduced. Exploring best and heart managers, marketers, company executives, and private and non-private region managers, the e-book breaks new floor through severely interpreting the gendered energy strategies that experience mostly been assumed and neglected through traditional organizational and administration conception. in addition to offering new insights into how managements and masculinities may perhaps make stronger one another, this difficult booklet eventually explores the methods in w

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And it's heavy work, the managers couldn't do it, there's not many strong enough to keep lifting the metal' (Willis, 1977: 53). In Willis's study, it is evident that the lines are already drawn between manual and mental labour in schoolboy subcultures. The culture of the 'lads', like the culture of the shopfloor, is chauvinistic, tough and macho, in opposition to the 'ear'oles', whose connection to educational achievement renders them 'cissy'. Willis argues that part of the 'lads" choice to shun educational achievement (with its promise of mental labour) is because they 'affirm themselves through manual labour' which signifies, not just through class, but through gender: 'manual labour is associated with the social superiority of masculinity and mental labour with the social inferiority of femininity' (1 977: 1 48).

It is not simply, as in object relations theory, that women are desired because they seem to promise a return to the mother-son bond of imagined childhood; it is also that This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by NetLibrary. Unauthorised distribution forbidden. Masters and Men 29 men fantasise women as the Other who can provide fulfilment in the place of the experience of lack which operates under the sign of patriarchal law. (Frosh, 1 987: 200) Lacan captures the difference between actual women and woman as the Other of masculine desire as follows: +he woman.

Unauthorised distribution forbidden. Masters and Men 35 application of 'rational' science and rule served to establish 'a mode of intercourse' (with the workforce) which 'ensures emotional and physical inviolability' (Keller, 1 985: 79). The basic conflict set in motion by the establishment of management in hierarchical structures and expressed in the principles and practices of scientific management is still in evidence in contemporary workplaces. Willis's ethnographic account in Learning to Labour provides evidence of the way that relations between management and workers (,masters' and 'men') revolve around a contest of masculinity.

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