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Kaasila-Pakanen, A.-L. (2021). Close encounters: Creating embodied spaces of resistance to marginalization and disempowering representation of difference in organization. Gender, Work & Organization, 28(5), 1805–1822.

Close encounters : creating embodied spaces of resistance to marginalization and disempowering representation of difference in organization

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Author: Kaasila-Pakanen, Anna-Liisa1
Organizations: 1Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-02-19


In this paper I approach questions of representation from a viewpoint that adopts postcolonial feminism as a starting point for theorizing new orientations for the study of corporeal ethics and difference in organizations. Specifically, I draw on the works of Sara Ahmed and Gayatri Spivak to open up a notion of a close encounter to reflect how we could encounter others in a generous way as a basis for ethical engagement with difference in organizations. Embracing an understanding of self–other relations as embodied practices that materialize in concrete worlds but transcend times, places, and spaces, close encounters provide an alternative epistemological position to imagine ethical subjectivities in organizations through which withdrawal from the essentialist representations that guide our understanding of difference is possible and resistance to the dominant gendered and racialized identities can take place. This perspective offers important implications for rethinking the basis of feminist alliances, participative epistemologies and difference in postcoloniality.

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Series: Gender, work & organization
ISSN: 0968-6673
ISSN-E: 1468-0432
ISSN-L: 0968-6673
Volume: 28
Issue: 5
Pages: 1805 - 1822
DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12647
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Gender, Work & Organization published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.