Thanks are due to the following for their constructive comments on earlier versions of this paper: Dr Ellie Hamilton, Dr Valerie Stead, Dr Elaine Swan, Associate Editor Professor Ed Snape and the two anonymous reviewers. The author would also like to thank Maureen Cox for her invaluable administrative support.
Managing the Maternal Body: A Comprehensive Review and Transdisciplinary Analysis
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Author. International Journal of Management Reviews © 2010 British Academy of Management and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
International Journal of Management Reviews
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 97–112, March 2011
How to Cite
Gatrell, C. (2011), Managing the Maternal Body: A Comprehensive Review and Transdisciplinary Analysis. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13: 97–112. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2010.00286.x
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2010
This paper comprehensively reviews transdisciplinary and critical perspectives on the employed maternal (pregnant and post-birth) body in the context of management studies. It highlights the disparities between equal opportunities policies and everyday management practices in relation to pregnancy and new motherhood. In so doing, the review examines the contradictions between equal opportunities policies aimed at protecting pregnant and newly maternal employees and the discouraging treatment that such women receive in practice at work. In analysing the disparity between policy and practice, the review identifies gaps within the field of research on the employed maternal body. It then shows how perceptions about the pregnant and newly maternal body are based more on myth than on evidence. In keeping with policies encouraging family friendly working practices and aimed at enhancing parental health, the paper argues that research on the maternal body is integral to management studies.