Insights and Research on the Study of Gender and Intersectionality in International Airline Cultures

Albert J. Mills
St Mary's University, Canada

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24 Jul 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
560 pages - 152 x 229mm
For the first time in a single edited collection, this important body of feminist work traces the relationship between the formation of organizational culture and the development, maintenance and changing character of workplace discrimination. Based on three decades of archival research by Albert J. Mills and his colleagues, the book brings together a series of articles, chapters and hitherto unpublished papers that document the founding and growth of our major international airlines – Air Canada, British Airways, Pan American Airways, and Qantas Airways – to understand the comparative influence of organizational cultures not only on internal organizational processes but also social understandings of gendered practices. The insights generated in this body of work bring to light the complexity of organizational rules, symbolism, language, imagery, storytelling, and `history’ as they impact on the practices and sensemaking of those involved in producing discrimination at work. Feminists and other diversity researchers will find this collection useful not only for insights on the processes of discrimination but also on the various reflections on methodological approaches that are peppered throughout. To that end, qualitative researchers and management and organizational historians with an interest in methodology will also find the book valuable in its reflections on the range of approaches discussed throughout.
Focusing on international airline companies, business researchers look at the gendering of organizational culture over time, mapping out culture and gendering over time, researching the past, gendering over time, and toward intersectionality in time. Their topics include social and organizational discourses in the making of British Airways, digging archaeology: post-positivist theory and archival research in case study development, flying in the face of reality: gender rules in Trans-Canada Air Lines and the British Overseas Airways Corporation 1919-47, organizational logic and feminist organizing: stewardesses for women's rights, and reading Qantas history: discourses of intersectionality and the early years of Qantas.

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