'What do you Want from Me?' A Poststructuralist Feminist Reading of Middle Managers' Identities

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dc.contributor.author Pullen, A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Thomas, R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-20T13:02:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-20T13:02:14Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier 2006006480 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Pullen, A. and Thomas, R. 2002 ''What do you Want from Me?' A Poststructuralist Feminist Reading of Middle Managers' Identities', Culture and Organization, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-21. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1475-9552 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/1118
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the processes of identity construction of four male and female middle managers within one restructured organization, Larts, to illustrate how these individuals draw on different gendered discourses to construct and legitimize their generic roles and identities as middle managers. Drawing on earlier research (Thomas and Linstead, 2002) that argued for a socially constructed view of identity to explore middle managers’ identity construction, this paper conducts a poststructuralist feminist reading to move beyond existing studies of managerial identities which regard those identities as changing but relatively stable, towards the recognition of identity construction as a form of first-order accounting (Garfinkel, 1967) which is characterized by paradox, fluidity, inconsistency and emergence. Identities are constructed in terms of the conjunction of reflecting on past and future experiences, as an explanation of previous events in a way that positions the constructor of the account advantageously for future episodes. The paper presents accounts of four middle managers, drawn from interview material, to illustrate and explore issues of identity construction in one organization. We offer here the conceptualization of identities as masks that are created as resources for participation in an ongoing masquerade. More specifically, the gender mask is analyzed to account for the ways in which middle managers restructure their sense of ‘self ’ by managing the tension between the often contradictory demands posed by unfolding answers to the continuously posed, yet often implicit, questions ‘‘What do you [the organization] want from me?’’ and ‘‘What do I want to be in the future?’’ en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1080=14759550290021190 en_US
dc.title 'What do you Want from Me?' A Poststructuralist Feminist Reading of Middle Managers' Identities en_US
dc.parent Culture and Organization en_US
dc.journal.volume 8 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 21 en_US
dc.cauo.name Management en_US

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