Redeeming difference in CMS through anti-racist feminisms

Helena Liu*

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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
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78635-497-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-78635-498-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

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


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