Gender, Globalization and Organization: Exploring Power, Relations and Intersections


Metcalfe, B. D., and C. J. Rees. 2010. “Gender, Globalization and Organization: Exploring Power, Relations and Intersections.” Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal 29 (1): 5–22.

Authors: Beverly Dawn Metcalfe, Christopher J. Rees


Purpose – Current debates on neo-liberal and universalistic globalization pay little attention to gender or to other marginalized groups, and fail to consider the complexity and diversity of the experiences of men and women in specific socio-political contexts, especially those in the developing world. The paper challenges mainstream theories which present globalization and its associated forces as gender neutral. The main purpose of this paper is to advance theoretical debates on the gendered organizing dynamics of globalization.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on organization theory, gender and development studies literature, and feminist sociology, to advance critical understandings of contemporary debates of the intersecting qualities of globalization, transnational organizations and gender social divisions.

Findings – The paper provides a critical synthesis of the complexity and interconnections between gender, organization and globalization. The paper identifies international development agencies; transnational corporations; international nongovernmental organizations and government state machineries as key stakeholders in the global and national regulation of employment and diversity issues. The paper outlines the organizing praxis of these key stakeholders, and stresses the need for all actors to engage in human rights awareness and equality consciousness raising.

Originality/value – The paper provides an original gendered organization analysis of globalization which reveals the specificity of global-local linkages mediated by national states, international organizations, women’s NGOs and gendered government machineries.

Keywords: Gender, globalization, organizations, feminism, transnational companies

Topics: Development, Feminisms, Gender, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Globalization, Governance, International Organizations, Multi-National Corporations, NGOs, Rights, Human Rights

Year: 2010

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