Intersectionality, identity and identity work: shared tenets and future research agendas for gender and identity studies

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Author(s)Corlett S, Mavin S
Publication type Article
JournalGender in Management: An International Journal
ISSN (print)1754-2413
ISSN (electronic)1754-2421
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Purpose: This commentary introduces the Special Issue developed from a joint research seminar of the Gender in Management and Identity Special Interest Groups of the British Academy of Management, entitled ‘Exploring the intersectionality of gender and identity’. It also presents an introductory literature review of intersectionality for gender in management and identity/identity work researchers. We highlight the similarities and differences of intersectionality and identity approaches, and introduce critiques of intersectional research. We then introduce the three papers in this Special Issue. Design/methodology/approach: We review the intersectionality literature within and outside Management and Organization Studies, and focus attention on three intersectionality Special Issues (Sex Roles, 2008; 2013, and the European Journal of Women’s Studies, 2006). Findings: We outline the ongoing debates relating to intersectionality research, including as a framework and/or theory for identity/work, and explore the shared tenets of theories of intersectionality and identity. We highlight critiques of intersectionality research in practice, and consider areas for future research for gender in management and identity researchers. Research limitations/implications: We provide an architecture for researchers to explore intersectionality and to consider issues before embarking on intersectional research. We also highlight areas for future research, including social-identities of disability, class and religion. Originality/Value: Gender in Management: An International Journal invited this Special Issue to make a significant contribution to an under-researched area by reviewing the shared and different languages, and importantly the shared key tenets, of intersectionality, gender, identity and identity work from a multidisciplinary perspective.
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