Misogyny: its unspoken presence in organisation studies

About the event

The fourth and final of Trinity term's R:ETRO - Reputation: Ethics, Trust, and Relationships at Oxford - seminar series.

Dr Lauren McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility Bayes Business School, City, University of London will be the guest speaker for a seminar being hosted by Alan Morrison, Professor of Law and Finance at Saïd Business School, and Rita Mota, International Research Fellow at Saïd Business School and Assistant Professor at ESADE Business School, as part of the R:ETRO seminar series.

Misogyny is a significant but unspoken presence in organisation studies. We argue that we should dare to speak its name for two reasons: first, misogyny provides a linguistic label for experiences of gendered hatred and violence, and second, it enables analysis, understanding, and challenges to the physical or symbolic violence that women experience in and around organisations. 

Drawing on recent developments in feminist analytic philosophy and sociology, we develop two related concepts: organised and organisational misogyny. We note the potential of talking about misogyny for our understanding of organisational life in individual experiences, collective affect, and as an influential social force. 

Despite the discomfort produced by hate-based concepts such as misogyny, we conclude that their exclusion from organisation studies has two effects: the reproduction of violent hostility, and acceptance of a partial account of multiple forms of oppression and inequality.

The seminar is based on research conducted by Lauren and Scott Taylor.