STEM-Professional Women's Exclusion in the Canadian Space Industry: Anchor Points and Intersectionality at the Margins of Space

Stefanie Ruel
Concordia University, Canada

Albert Mills
St Mary's University, Canada

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21 Jan 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
300 pages - 152 x 229mm
Critical Management Studies
STEM-Professional Women’s Exclusion in the Canadian Space Industry: Anchor Points and Intersectionality at the Margins of Space showcases the ‘how’ of exclusion of STEM-professional women from management and executive positions. It examines the discourses and power-relations surrounding these STEM-professional women’s identities, drawing on and reworking the concept of anchor points to investigate their relationship to structural, discursive, and socio-psychological processes. By utilizing the critical sensemaking (CSM) framework, the book provides an avenue to surface the ephemeral identities of STEM-professional women, and investigate their relationship with the meta-rules, rules, and social values of the Canadian space industry. It also considers the potential for social change across this industry by considering the responsibilities of cisgender men with respect to addressing and resisting the systemic discrimination of STEM-professional women in the industry. Specific sites for micro-political resistances that these STEM-professional women could enact are considered and suggested. 

This book will appeal to researchers and scholars focused on gender and diversity, intersectionality scholarship, and poststructuralist intersectional feminism.
Chapter 1. The View from Earth 
Chapter 2. Forms of Context 
Chapter 3. Forms of Knowledge 
Chapter 4. Forms of Experiences 
Chapter 5. Research Methodology 
Chapter 6. STEM Professional Women’s Range of Anchor Points 
Chapter 7. Canadian Space Industry’s Forms of Context and STEM-Professional Women’s Dominant Ideas and Practices 
Chapter 8. Relationship between STEM-Professional Women’s Anchor Points and Forms of Context, and Forms of Experiences 
Chapter 9. Revealing the ‘How’ of an Exclusionary Order, and Social Justice Initiatives Final Word: My Journey
Stefanie Ruel, DBA, is an early career scholar, who successfully defended her dissertation at Athabasca University, Canada, in late November 2017. She is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, John Molson School of Business, Canada. Her research focus includes a critical examination of intersectionality, gender and diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) context, and in the area of ‘forced’ ageing and menopause. She has presented at a number of academic conferences, including Academy of Management (AOM), the Critical Management Studies Conference, and the Gender, Work, and Organization (GWO) Conference.

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