Towards a topology of 'doing gender': An analysis of empirical research and its challenges

Item Type Journal paper

‘Doing gender' is a much used term in research on gender, work and organizations. However, translating theoretical insight into empirical research is often a challenging endeavour. A lack of clarity with regard to the conceptualization and operationalization of key terms in turn often limits the theoretical and empirical purchase of a concept. The aim of this article is therefore to provide a systematization of empirical approaches to ‘doing gender'. This systematization leads to a topology of five themes that is derived from empirical research in the field. The five themes identified are structures, hierarchies, identity, flexibility and context specificity, and gradual relevance/subversion. Each theme explores a different facet of ‘doing gender'. This topology helps empirical researchers to be more specific about which aspects of ‘doing gender' they are referring to. This in turn can help to unfold the theoretical potential of the concept of ‘doing gender'.

Authors Nentwich, Julia C. & Kelan, Elisabeth
Projects Nentwich, Julia C. (2004) All said and done? On the understanding of doing gender [fundamental research project]
Journal or Publication Title Gender, Work and Organization
Language English
Keywords (un)doing gender, identity, ethnomethodology, performativity, empirical studies
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed Yes
Date March 2014
Publisher Blackwell
Place of Publication Oxford
Volume 21
Number 2
Page Range 121-134
Number of Pages 14
ISSN 0968-6673
ISSN-Digital 1468-0432
Publisher DOI 10.1111/gwao.12025
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich
Date Deposited 05 Apr 2013 09:30
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:16



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Nentwich, Julia C. & Kelan, Elisabeth (2014) Towards a topology of 'doing gender': An analysis of empirical research and its challenges. Gender, Work and Organization, 21 (2). 121-134. ISSN 0968-6673

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