Labour and birth stories : a feminist poststructural reading of the discourse of work-family interaction

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dc.contributor.advisor Mills, Albert J., 1945-
dc.creator Runte, Mary Susan 2010-08-31T16:36:18Z 2010-08-31T16:36:18Z 2005 2005
dc.description 299, [17] leaves ; 28 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 269-299)
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices
dc.description.abstract A hermeneutic analysis of work-family interaction is undertaken from a feminist poststructural perspective to destabilize the definitions of 'work', 'family', and 'work-family' in organizational discourse. This hermeneutic inquiry begins by confronting mainstream human resource management literature with the lived experience of women and men to demonstrate that over forty years of empirical research has failed to adequately address the issues. A detailed review and subsequent critical analysis of the human resource management literature reveals a conceptually limited discourse that serves to obfuscate real social structures to the disadvantage of women. A citation analysis identifies seminal articles from which this literature draws its theoretical foundations, which then leads to analysis of the social, political and historical context within which this discourse emerged. This hermeneutic inquiry concludes by arguing the human resource management discourse emerged from and retains the repressive assumptions of the Cold War era and that no meaningful advances can occur in this field until the current discourse is dismantled. en_CA
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dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HD4904.25.R86 2005
dc.subject.lcsh Work and family
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Employment
dc.subject.lcsh Working mothers
dc.subject.lcsh Stay-at-home mothers
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual division of labour
dc.title Labour and birth stories : a feminist poststructural reading of the discourse of work-family interaction en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management) Doctoral Management Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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