Experiences of women elite leaders doing gender: Intra-gender micro-violence between women

Mavin, Sharon, Grandy, Gina and Williams, Jannine (2014) Experiences of women elite leaders doing gender: Intra-gender micro-violence between women. British Journal of Management, 25 (3). pp. 439-455. ISSN 1467-8551

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12057


This paper responds to the dearth of research into women’s negative intra-gender relations and lack of understanding as to why and how these relations manifest. Through a qualitative study of women elite leaders’ experiences in UK organizations, the research considers how gendered contexts, women doing gender well and differently simultaneously, intra-gender competition and female misogyny may explain negative intra-gender social relations between women. We consider micro-aggression research and women’s abjection and offer a unique conceptualization of intra-gender micro-violence with themes of disassociating, suppression of opportunity and abject appearance. The themes illustrate how the masculine symbolic order shapes and constrains women elite leaders’social relations with other women. We conclude that raising consciousness to intragender micro-violence between women is important as a means of disruption; to facilitate women and men’s acceptance of intra-gender differences between women; and to open up opportunities and possibilities for women in organizations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online first.
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Sharon Mavin
Date Deposited: 19 May 2014 08:56
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16447

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