Gatrell, C J (2013) Maternal Body work: How Women Managers and professionals negotiate pregnancy and new motherhood at work. Human Relations. ISSN 0018-7267Full text not available from this repository.
This article builds on the theorizing of body work through introducing a new concept: ‘maternal body work’. In so doing, it shows how progress towards a feminist politics of motherhood within organizations remains limited. Despite decades of feminist scholarship, dissonances remain between the private worlds of reproduction and public worlds of organization. With regard to this limited progress, the article reveals how, among a sample of 27 mothers (all professionally and managerially employed in the UK), 22 felt marginalized and undervalued at work, experiencing the borders between maternity and organization as unmalleable. By contrast, five women treated borders between reproduction and organization as more fluid than anticipated. Setting a high value on their skills, they developed strategies for parrying unfavourable revisions of their status. The article concludes by considering the potential development of resources for enhancing maternal coping strategies.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Human Relations|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||abjection ; employed mothers ; marginalization ; maternal body work ; pregnancy ; women managers ; work and family|
|Departments:||Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership|
|Deposited On:||11 Jul 2011 19:34|
|Last Modified:||22 Apr 2013 13:56|
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