Quotation Fleischmann, Alexander, Bendl, Regine, Schmidt, Angelika. 2016. Undoing Class Intersectionally? Alternative Organizations and the Non-Performativity of Diversity. Gender, Work and Organization 2016, Keele, Großbritannien, 29.06.-01.07.




Recent studies suggest that diversity management in hierarchical organizations does not produce the effects that it names and that discrimination within organizations can only be tackled if class and power relations are analysed and brought together with a critical diversity discourse. In an explorative case study we analyse the websites of alternative organizations with regard to processes of inclusion and exclusion from a (critical) diversity perspective. Our interest in such a diversity-oriented analysis of alternative organizations stems from the assumption that organizations that proclaim values like participation, solidarity and connection as well as equality/equity aim at redistributing power and therefore might also challenge existing diversity relations. Our results show, however, that even the small scale aims at redistributing power which we could identify do not address diversity in order to re-organize class and gender relations. We conclude by suggesting that claims for undoing class must take existing inequalities based on socially established categories of inclusion and exclusion, such as gender, age, ‘race’, ethnicity, (dis)ability, sexual orientation or class, into account.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Undoing Class Intersectionally? Alternative Organizations and the Non-Performativity of Diversity
Event Gender, Work and Organization 2016
Year 2016
Date 29.06.-01.07.
Country United Kingdom
Location Keele


Fleischmann, Alexander (Former researcher)
Bendl, Regine (Details)
Schmidt, Angelika (Details)
Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations IN (Details)
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
5417 Women´s studies, Women´s issues (Details)
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