â€œSaid and doneâ€ vs. â€œsaying and doingâ€: Gendering practices, practicing gender at work
Martin, Patricia Y.
Gender & Society 2003 17: 342-366
Thousand Oaks, USA
Typ der Publikation
Organisationstheorie, agency, Soziologie
Datum des letzten Aufrufs
Recently, the study of gender has focused on processes by which gender is brought into social relations through interaction. This article explores implications of a two-sided dynamicâ€”gendering practices and practicing of genderâ€”for understanding gendering processes in formal organizations. Using stories from interviews and participant observation in multinational corporations, the author explores the practicing of gender at work. She defines practicing gender as a moving phenomenon that is done quickly, directionally (in time), and (often) nonreflexively; is informed (often) by liminal awareness; and is in concert with others. She notes how other conceptions of gender dynamics and practice inform the analysis and argues that adequate conceptualization (and potential elimination) of harmful aspects of gendering practices/practicing will require attention to (1) agency, intentionality, awareness, and reflexivity; (2) positions, power, and experience; and (3) choice, accountability, and audience. She calls for incorporating the "sayings and doings" of gender into organization theory and research.