Redeeming difference in CMS through anti-racist feminisms

Helena Liu*

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Abstract

I propose in this chapter that the dominant practice of critical management studies (CMS) is characterised by white masculinity, where theorising tends to assume a white universal norm while commodifying difference. This approach treats diversity as something CMS has, rather than is. In order to disrupt the prevailing practice, I explore how antiracist feminisms (a term I use here to refer to the diverse movements of postcolonial feminism and feminisms of colour) may shape CMS towards a more reflexive and meaningful engagement with difference. In reflecting on my own performance of white masculinity as an aspiring critical management scholar, I suggest that an anti-racist feminist approach bears the potential to challenge relations of domination within CMS and reinvigorate our pursuits for emancipation. It is my hope that the anti-racist feminist perspective advanced in this chapter may offer an opportunity for critical management scholars to ‘do’ critique differently through a radical inclusion of previously marginalised perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminists and Queer Theorists Debate the Future of Critical Management Studies
EditorsAlison Pullen, Nancy Harding, Mary Phillips
PublisherEmerald
Pages39-56
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78635-497-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-78635-498-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameDialogues in Critical Management Studies
Volume3
ISSN (Print)2046-6072
ISSN (Electronic)2046-6080

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