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How organizational research can avoid the pitfalls of a co-optation perspective: analyzing gender equality work in Austrian universities with organizational institutionalism

Striedinger, Angelika (2016) How organizational research can avoid the pitfalls of a co-optation perspective: analyzing gender equality work in Austrian universities with organizational institutionalism. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 19 (2). pp. 201-215. ISSN 1461-6742

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Abstract

The concept of co-optation offers vocabulary to discuss how concerns and demands of feminist movements are transformed on their way to, and within, mainstream organizations and policymaking. However, applications of this concept can have problematic implications, failing to grasp the complexity of social change efforts and contributing to divisions, rather than alliances, between different groups that work and fight for gender equality. This article argues that conceptual tools from organizational institutionalism can help to avoid these pitfalls by capturing the ambivalence of organizational change initiatives, and allowing us to identify not only counterintentional effects, but also subtle and unexpected opportunities of organizational gender equality work. I illustrate my arguments with empirical examples from research on gender equality work in Austrian universities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [grant no. I 727-G22].
Keywords: Co-optation; organizational institutionalism; gender equality; universities
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Mohammad Al Hessan
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 13:54
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2019 18:24
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URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6264

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