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Gender theory and the family business
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Theoretical perspectives on family businesses / [ed] Mattias Nordqvist, Leif Melin, Matthias Waldkirch and Gershon Kumeto, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, 191-210 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Gender Theory started in understanding and explain women's role in society and are also now including men and masculinities, Gender Theory has recently been adapted to family business research. This chapter will briefly introduce Gender Theory and its development, before reviewing how it has been used in family business research.

Arguing that the family business context is suitable in studying gender phenomena, the chapter outlines several ways through which Gender Theory could yield new insights into issues, of how family business structures, settings and practices produce relations of power or asymmetry. A common approach so far to the study of gender in family business situations is to consider ‘gender as a variable’, which maintains the categorisation of women and men as a relevant and unproblematic variable. Many analyses of family businesses that also address gender focus on feminist ‘standpoint positions’, giving voice to women´s unique experiences.

Often in family business research, the dominant approach is to conceive gender in terms of limited male/female distinctions rather than by reframing family business through critical positions, with the aim of reflection and sensitivity towards gender issues in terms of the socially constituted patterns that are produced through male/female, masculine/feminine distinctions. Concluding, the chapter suggests a possible methodology for capturing gendered processes and proposes how family business research could offer new insights into Gender theory.

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Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015. 191-210 p.
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Gender theory, family business
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34246DOI: 10.4337/9781783479665.00018ISBN: 9781783479658 (print)ISBN: 9781783479665 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34246DiVA: diva2:1054939
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