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p. 714. Who does organizing serve?locked

  • Mary Jo Hatch

Abstract

‘Who does organizing serve?’ examines the power dynamics that exist within organizations. Power can be described as one's ability to influence others, either formally (from a management role) or informally (holding desirable abilities). Power struggles within organizations are complex, and politics within organizations usually affect the balance of power. Organizations can devalue minority members of society based on stereotypes, and feminists say this leads to subjugation and oppression even when the individual is more ‘powerful’ than her oppressors. Postmodern critics say that the power wielded by experts reinforces political motivations and legitimises the status quo.

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