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Type: Journal article
Title: Hegemonic masculinities, the Multinational Corporation, and the Developmental State. Constructing gender in 'Progressive' firms
Author: Elias, J.
Citation: Men and Masculinities, 2008; 10(4):405-421
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1097-184X
1552-6828
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Juanita Elias
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.
Keywords: factory work; multinational corporation; globalization; masculinities; gendered employment practices
RMID: 0020084738
DOI: 10.1177/1097184X07306747
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