Spatial Work in Between Glass Ceilings and Glass Walls: Gender-Class Intersectionality and Organizational Aesthetics

Varda Wasserman*, Michal Frenkel

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Abstract

This study explores the relations between organizational spatiality, gender, and class. It examines the work performed by managers and architects on the one hand, and by various groups of female employees on the other, in constructing, reproducing, and challenging gender-class identities through space-related means. Three types of gender-class spatial work are identified―discursive, material, and interpretive-emotional―to highlight the role of space in constructing and reconstructing inequality regimes within organizations. Applying insights from Lefebvre’s spatial theory, we analyze the case of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ new headquarters, demonstrating how the spatial work of various actors is both gendered and gendering. We also show how space is enacted by women from different social groups in accordance with their habitus and with the aim of distinguishing themselves from others.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1485-1505
Number of pages21
JournalOrganization Studies
Volume36
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2015

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Keywords

  • Lefebvre
  • class work
  • control and resistance
  • embodiment
  • gender work
  • gender-class intersectionality
  • habitus
  • organizational aesthetics
  • organizational space
  • spatial work

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