The authors are listed in alphabetical order as they are equal contributors.
Kanter Revisited: Gender, Power and (In)Visibility
Article first published online: 5 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Authors. International Journal of Management Reviews © 2011 British Academy of Management and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
International Journal of Management Reviews
Special Issue: Advancements in Gender, Diversity and Management Theorising. Guest Editors: Carol Woodhams, Jamie L. Callahan and Beverly Dawn Metcalfe
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 141–158, June 2012
How to Cite
Lewis, P. and Simpson, R. (2012), Kanter Revisited: Gender, Power and (In)Visibility. International Journal of Management Reviews, 14: 141–158. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2011.00327.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 5 DEC 2011
This paper revisits Kanter's (1977) seminal work Men and Women of the Corporation, rereading her account of numerical advantage and disadvantage through a poststructuralist lens which exposes hidden dimensions of gendered power. This lens is captured in the ‘(In)visibility Vortex’ (Lewis and Simpson, 2010) which highlights struggles and tensions around the norm through processes of preservation and concealment within the norm as well as dynamics of revealing, exposure and disappearance as features of the margins. The study draws on developments in feminist theorizing, specially around visibility, invisibility and power, to facilitate this rereading. In so doing, the author demonstrate that while Kanter retreated from explanations based on the gendering of organizations or from recognition of gendered power, these dynamics can be identified in her text. The authors suggest that rereading classic texts can surface dimensions of organizations that have contemporary significance and can inform future research.